Study: Chocolate Helps Lower Risk of Stroke in Men
Another reason to eat chocolate.
A Swedish study of more than 37-thousand men found those who ate chocolate had a 17 percent lower risk of stroke.
This isn't the first study that has linked chocolate to better cardiovascular health. Previous studies suggest that chocolate consumption can help lower blood pressure and lower your rates of other risks that lead to heart disease and stroke.
The men that took part in the study were between the ages of 49 and 75, who reported on their usual comsumption of chocolate over other foods. Over the next 10 years, 1,995 men suffered a first-time stroke.
Among men in the top 25 percent for chocolate intake, the stroke rate was 73 per 100,000 men per year. That compared with a rate of 85 per 100,000 among men who ate the least chocolate, report the researchers.
"The beneficial effect of chocolate consumption on stroke may be related to the flavonoids in chocolate," wrote Susanna Larsson, at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, who led the study.
It's not only in men, but a study that Larsson cnoducted last year, found the same results for women.