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Can Eating Chocolate Lower The Risk Of Stroke?

February 17, 2010 by  

Can eating chocolate lower the risk of stroke?New research shows that eating chocolate may help lower the risk of having a stroke.

Study author Sarah Sahib, with McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and her colleagues analyzed three separate studies, two of which showed a link between the consumption of chocolate and a decreased risk of stroke.

In the first study, researchers found that nearly 45,000 people who ate one serving of chocolate per week were 22 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to people who did not eat any sweets. Meanwhile, a second study found that more than 1,000 respondents who consumed 50 grams of chocolate each week were 46 percent less likely to die following a stroke than those who eat no chocolate.

"More research is needed to determine whether chocolate truly lowers stroke risk, or whether healthier people are simply more likely to eat chocolate than others," concluded Sahib.

She added that chocolate is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids, which may have a beneficial effect against stroke.

The third study that was analyzed found no link between chocolate and the risk of stroke or death.
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  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    It works for me! In fact, I just read how people born in the 30′s, 40′s. and 50′s were born to smoking and drinking mothers, no helmets for bikes, no seat-belts in cars, on and on and we appear to be living longer than ever! Not to mention that I’ve always read through the years (I’m 62 years old) that the reason why the American’s average death rate is so young is because of the high number in infant mortality in America! However, my also having a 30 year history working with statistics tells me to be careful about what I read about statistics too! Sadly, in America we have to know as much about anything that somebody is doing FOR us as they do, or we’ll probably get scammed! Prove all things!

  • Ardie

    I have never been a “chocoholic” but I would become one if it is going to prevent a stroke. I have a heart problem and that complicates the issue. My cardiologist advised “no caffeine” which, they tell me, is contained in chocolate, so do I bite the bullet(chocolate) and eat it anyway?

  • ONTIME

    Diabetics are advised that a small intake of dark chocolate is beneficial to their condition, the same as a reasonable intake of red wines, the anti oxidants involved in these products are beneficial for the heart and brain.

    Even if they aren’t I can go to my grave knowing that I enjoyed them both.

  • jim

    My triglycerides are through the cealing, but i won’t have a stroke.

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