Eating chocolate may lower rise of stroke in women

Don’t feel bad about indulging in a Hersey’s chocolate bar after dinner It may actually be beneficial reports a new Swedish study found that women who consume at least two candy bars a week reduce their risk of having a stroke by 20 percent “Cocoa contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and can suppress oxidation of low-density lipoprotein [‘bad’ cholesterol] which can cause cardiovascular disease [including stroke],” said Susanna Larsson, an associate professor in the division of nutritional epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm However, she said chocolate shouldn’t be a consistent part of your diet “Chocolate should be consumed in moderation as it is high in calories, fat, and sugar,” she said “As dark chocolate contains more cocoa and less sugar than milk chocolate, consumption of dark chocolate would be more beneficial,” Larsson told Dark chocolate was found to reduce blood pressure, lower insulin resistance, and decrease the risk of blood clots The findings, published in the Oct 18 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, surveyed more than 33,000 Swedish women between the ages of 49 and 83 who didn’t have a medical history of stroke, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes when the study started in 1997ᅠDespite the study finding an association betweenᅠ chocolate and a lower risk of stroke, it doesn’t prove a cause-and-effect scenario