4. Nibble on a Piece of Dark Chocolate
It’s true: Several small studies suggest dark chocolate could be good for your heart. The beneficial effects are likely due to chemicals in chocolate called flavonoids, which help arteries stay flexible. Other properties of the sweet stuff seem to make arteries less likely to clot and prevent “bad” LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, which makes it less likely to form plaque that can lead to heart attacks. Dark chocolate is also rich in magnesium and fiber. Steer clear of milk chocolate, which is high in butterfat and tends to raise cholesterol.