If you're wondering if you should beg for some chocolate tonight from your kids' Hallowe'en goody bags, you can justify the urge in the name of longevity.
Multiple studies have suggested cocoa products help to ward off conditions like cardiovascular disease and stroke, reducing overall mortality. (This is especially true of chocolate manufactured with the least processing. The trick is, to eat these delicious in moderation -- or you run the risk of gaining weight, which increases your chances of these diseases. One big surprise to emerge from recent research: chocolate may even help keep you slim!