Considering how difficult it can be to quit smoking or stick faithfully to an exercise routine, it might be nice to hear about things you can do for your heart that is a bit easier, and in some cases, even enjoyable. We all love to eat, right? Given that we’re talking about eating the right things, of course. It’s doubtful that everyone will find their favorites on this list of heart-healthy foods, but there’s a good chance that at least one or two of them will be to your liking.
1. Dark chocolate
It might be a bit of a shock to find anything that includes the word “chocolate” on a list of healthy foods, but there’s no doubt that this sweet treat has earned its spot by providing disease-fighting antioxidants and flavonoids that may improve blood flow to the heart. The findings that resulted from one medical research study suggest that ingredients in dark chocolate may lower the risk of both heart disease and stroke. Go for the products with the highest percentage of dark chocolate to maximize the potential health benefits.