Beneficial effect of chocolate on stroke risk

Eating a standard chocolate bar every week could lower a man’s risk of having a stroke in later life by 17%. New research published in the journal Neurology found that men who ate an average of 63g (one standard milk chocolate bar is 54g) of chocolate per week had a 17% lower risk of stroke compared with men who ate none.

The findings were confirmed by statistical analysis of other research in this area. The researchers proposed that the beneficial effect of chocolate could be due to it containing flavonoids which may reduce the risk of stroke through several ways such as lowering blood pressure and reducing concentrations of bad cholesterol in the blood.

The researchers warn that further studies are required to confirm the findings before any recommendations about eating chocolate are given. Chocolate is high in sugar, saturated fat and calories and should be eaten in moderation. Read more about the research in Neurology.

Posted: 31/08/2012 13:04:08 by Barbara Whelan


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