Dark chocolate helps to reduce blood pressure in patients with prehypertension/stage 1 hypertension and established cardiovascular end-organ damage or diabetes mellitus.
When I eat chocolate, I try to eat at least 80% dark. It may taste bitter, but you’ll get used to it. The lower the % chocolate, the more sugar. Milk chocolate and white “chocolate” (not chocolate at all!) should be avoided.
Lately, I’ve taken to adding 1-2 teaspoons of pure cocoa powder to my morning oatmeal. It’s too bitter to eat alone, but adds a nice taste!