I've long suspected that the secret to a longer, healthier life is chocolate. There's long been evidence that chocolate is good for you, but now researchers in Australia have found that flavonol-rich chocolate or other cocoa products actually "slightly reduced blood pressure in people with hypertension as well as those with normal blood pressure." Sweet!

Well, my dad's always concerned about his blood pressure so now I know exactly what to tell him: Have some chocolate! With some of the other benefits of chocolate, we just can't lose. And, of course, what better way to have it than in one of these 5 delicious Latin chocolate dessert recipes? Take a look and do something good for your health: indulge!

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What is your favorite way to have chocolate? Are you excited to hear that chocolate may lower blood pressure? Share with us in the comments below!

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Chocolate Mousse with Rum

Ingredients: 1 cup dark baking chocolate, 1/2 cup hot strong coffee, 1 cup white granulated sugar, 5 eggs separated (reserve yolks and whites in separate bowls), 1/4 cup dark rum, pinch of salt, 1 cup whipped cream

Melt the baking chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. While the chocolate is melting, dissolve the sugar to the hot coffee. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the coffee mixture and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Wisk in the egg yolks, one at a time. Mix thoroughly. Remove from the heat and add the dark rum. Set aside. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mix, gently but thoroughly. Pour into a glass serving dish, or individual dessert dishes. To set the mousse, refrigerate for several hours or overnight. To serve, top with whipped cream.

Recipe courtesy of About.com

About the author

Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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