By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s new research underway aimed at making chocolate better for you.

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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.

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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.

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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.