Chocolate reduces men’s risk of stroke?
Regular chocolate consumption lowers risk of stroke for men
Men who eat chocolate regularly could be significantly reducing their risk of a stroke, new research suggests.
A study published in the journal Neurology found that of 37,103 Swedish men, those who reported the highest weekly consumption of chocolate were 17 percent less likely to suffer a stroke compared to men who reported consuming little to no chocolate, according to SFGate.com.
Chocolate consumption—particularly dark chocolate—has long been touted to have cardiovascular benefits for women, but the health benefits for men have been unclear. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids (also found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and wine), which appear to counteract inflammation and reduce risk of blood clots. The study also noted chocolate reduces blood pressure and can improve an individual’s cholesterol profile.
As with wine, experts advise moderate chocolate consumption, as weight gain can trump any health benefits.