Two new studies came out with more good reasons to eat chocolate. One meta-analysis (a study of multiple studies) confirmed that chocolate consumption produces a small but measurable drop in blood pressure while another suggested that it also improves mental function. Here are links to articles on the subject.
I should point out that there is a point of dimishing returns due to sugar content in chocoloate. Overdoing it will make you gain weight and drive up you blood sugar - two heart risk factors. Go for high cocoa-content dark chocolates (70% and above) ensuring you get more cocoa flavonols (the good stuff) and less sugar (the bad stuff) in each bite. I know some people find it bitter - I used to be one of those. But tastes can change over time. I now regularly eat 90% cocoa chocolate with little problem and can no longer stand milk chocolate (which I used to LOVE)!
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