9. Dark Chocolate
And now for dessert. It’s true that candy, cakes, and cookies are high in added sugar and saturated fat, two things your heart hates. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any sweetness in your life. The flavonols in dark chocolate have been found to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow, which makes your heart’s job a lot easier.
Dark chocolate also contains flavonoids, which can offer protection against environmental toxins as well as repair cellular damage. The trick is to choose chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa and does not contain palm oil.
You can’t go wrong with any of these foods as long as you enjoy a variety and eat everything in moderation. Do that and your diet will go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart and your entire body. Now you just have to decide what to do with the incredibly long and vibrant life you’re going to lead!