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More chocolate related news

04 September 2012

You might start to think we are a little obsessed with chocolate here at NES and of course you would be right! We were therefore excited to hear that new research suggests chocolate could reduce the risk of stroke in men.

 

A recent study by Susanna Larsson from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden is the first to suggest a link between chocolate and the risk of stroke. She studied food questionnaires given to 37,103 Swedish men between the ages of 49 and 75. It was noted that eating one standard chocolate bar a week could lower the risk of having a stroke later in life by 17%

 

It is thought that the beneficial effects of chocolate are due to chemicals called Flavonoids. According to Catherine Collins from St George’s Hospital in London “cocoa Flavonoids can reduce blood stickiness and prevent clot formation”.

 

Larsson, however, concluded that more researched is needed, and also warned that “because chocolate is high in sugar, saturated fat and calories it should be consumed in moderation”.

 

To read more please see www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/aug/29/chocolate-reduces-risk-of-strokes-for-men