Look after your heart: eat chocolate

IT HAS already been credited with improving life expectancy and slowing down the growth of cancer. Now an expert says gourmet chocolate is better than prescription medicine when it comes to reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Professor Roger Corder, a food scientist, says eating small amounts of chocolate each day has "considerable potential to improve health and wellbeing". Cocoa flavonoids in quality dark chocolate have a range of beneficial effects on the blood and circulation system, and Prof Corder said the best products to buy were those with at least 70 per cent cocoa, as they were the most likely to have high levels of flavonoids.

His research has confirmed that these improve the elasticity of blood cells, so reducing the risk of high blood pressure, blood clots, strokes and heart disease.

Source - Scotsman