Do you enjoy an occasional-- or frequent-- square or two of dark chocolate? If so, you are far from alone. "I see it just as a pleasure, nothing to feel guilty about," says Ginger Hultin, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Champagne Nutrition in Seattle and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Nope, your eyes aren't tricking you. Both cocoa and dark chocolate contain compounds that can lower bad cholesterol and help you get to a healthier total cholesterol level overall.