Jenny Smiechowski

What dark chocolate does to your eyesight in just 2 hours

Carrots are full of antioxidants that support healthy vision. So are citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables and plenty of other plant-based foods. But what if you’re in the mood for something a bit more decadent, delicious and fast-acting? Well, this should be a pleasant surprise…

Joyce Hollman

Lead and cadmium: The ‘dark side’ of dark chocolate

Some dark chocolate brands, even organic ones, have been found to contain dangerous amounts of cadmium and lead, heavy metals linked to hypertension, kidney failure, nerve damage and more. Take precautions if your favorite is on the list.

Joyce Hollman

Chocolate: The sweet way to suppress a cough

Researchers have persisted in looking for natural remedies to act as cough suppressants when honey and lemon just aren’t enough — and narcotics like codeine are way too much. That’s where the chemical in cocoa that knocks out coughs comes in…

Joyce Hollman

What cocoa does for healthier arteries

Peripheral artery disease is a condition in which your arteries are narrowed and can’t carry enough blood to the parts of your body furthest from your heart, like your arms and legs. It increases heart attack and stroke risk, too. Its early signs can be surprising, but perhaps not so much as the spice that can help…

Virginia Tims-Lawson

The dessert that offers 4 big health benefits

I’m not a big dessert eater. It turns out that if you’re going to choose just one dessert to get your sweet fix, it should be chocolate. That’s because two new studies show that eating chocolate (specifically the dark variety) comes with 4 huge health benefits. Here’s why you and I should be eating it regularly…

Joyce Hollman

Would you take a chocolate pill?

Here’s news that will warm a chocolate-lover’s heart: The health benefits of eating chocolate are indisputable. In fact, dark chocolate has been proven to be one of the healthiest foods around, holding its own even against many fruits and vegetables. But would you prefer a pill or a delicious chocolate bar?