Chocolate…Reduce Risk of Stroke?

In the latest research, Swedish scientists report that eating chocolate seems to lower a woman’s risk of stroke.  The study found that women who had the highest consumption of chocolate- about two candy bars a week- had a twenty percent reduced risk of stroke.  Dark chocolate consumption has also been found to reduce blood pressure, lower insulin resistance and help keep blood from forming clots.  The study found an association but it did not prove a cause and effect.

All this good news about chocolate, however, doesn’t mean you should be exchanging your broccoli for chocolate in your daily diet.  Other foods such as apple skins or grapes have the same benefits and without the high amounts of sugars and fats that chocolate has.  When consuming chocolate, keep in mind that dark chocolate contains more of the benefits and less sugar than milk chocolate.



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