By Dr. Brian McDonough
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s new research underway aimed at making chocolate better for you.READ MORE: Open For Business: Spike's Trophies Focusing On Wins After Dealing With Major Losses During Pandemic
A study from the University of Ghana is getting quite a great deal of attention from a meeting in Denver for the American Chemical Society.READ MORE: Philadelphia Agrees To Equip All Officers With Tasers Year After Police Killing Of Walter Wallace Jr.
It’s about chocolate, and a way to make chocolate more nutritious. The production of cocoa, the basis of chocolate, has been a pillar of Ghana’s economic success. In fact, Ghana is currently the second largest cocoa producer in the world.
We know that chocolate in small doses can have a protective effect on the heart. That’s because of antioxidants which have been linked to chocolate’s ability to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and stroke risk when consumed in small doses.MORE NEWS: Man Killed, Philadelphia Police Officer Shot During 'Attack' In Overbrook, Police Say
The research from the University of Ghana suggests that chocolate could be reformulated to retain more of these antioxidants, which would actually make the chocolate sweeter as well.