Study: Chocolate consumption reduces likelihood of stroke in men

The Los Angeles Times reports in its “Booster Shots” blog on a new study published in the journal Neurology which “finds that compared with men who reported eating little-to-no chocolate on a regular basis, those who had the highest weekly consumption of chocolate – about 63 grams per week, or just a little more than 2 ounces – reduced their likelihood of suffering a stroke by 17%.”

Forbes reports, “This research provides echoes of similar findings in the cardiology literature that eating chocolate can promote cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure and helping to improve the proportion of bad cholesterol (LDL) circulating in the blood stream.”

CBS reports in its “HealthPop” blog, “Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, explained to WebMD that people shouldn’t eat as much chocolate as they can.” She remarked, “I don’t think the message should be run out and eat chocolate to prevent stroke. You are better off controlling other known stroke risk factors than eating more chocolate.”

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