The type and amount matters when it comes to heart and performance effects.
The health benefits of raw chocolate are widely known—especially its effect on your heart. But new research is finding that chocolate may help boost your performance. Here's what you need to know before breaking off a square (or two).
Go Raw For Your Heart
Studies have found that a daily square of raw chocolate can improve your heart health thanks to its flavanols, which serve as antioxidants. One study from 2012 showed that a small dose of dark chocolate could decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke by nearly 40 percent.