Chocolate appears to be a good treat for the heart.
Recent research has pointed out that chocolate helps improve the body's production of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) — the good cholesterol endowed with heart protective benefits.
Polyphenols in chocolate boost the movement of proteins in a manner which helps up levels of HDL in the body.
According to scientists, cocoa the main component of chocolate lowers risk of heart disease by improving levels of HDL or good cholesterol and reducing the levels of low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol.
This is due to the presence of antioxidant compounds in cocoa called polyphenols which is found in abundance in dark chocolates.