Report Says Dark Chocolate May Help Reduce Stroke Risk

Posted on February 12, 2010

Godiva Dark Chocolate BarsA USA Today story reveals that a new report suggests eating chocolate may help prevent strokes. The report analyzed several chocolate studies which revealed a slightly lower stroke risk for people eating chocolate regularly.
A new analysis, which involved a review of three prior studies, suggests eating about a bar of chocolate a week can help cut the risk of stroke and lower the risk of death after a stroke. But the evidence is still limited, says study author, neurologist Gustavo Saposnik at St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto.

"This is something that requires further investigation," Saposnik says.

One study they looked at found that 44,489 people who ate one serving of chocolate per week were 22% less likely to have a stroke than people who ate no chocolate. Another study found that 1,169 people who ate 50 grams of chocolate once a week were 46% less likely to die following a stroke than people who didn't eat chocolate.
It is a very timely report with tomorrow being Valentine's Day, a day when many people eat chocolate. There have been other studies that suggest dark chocolate may act as an antioxidant. It is also loaded with flavonoids.

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