Eat all the chocolate you can find!
The study looked at 37,000 Swedish men between the ages of 39 and 75, asking about their consumption of various foods and drinks, specifically chocolate, and then reviewed their medical records going back 10 years.
If you look past the high number, that seems simple enough!
What they found was that the stroke risk was LOWER in men who ate chocolate in those who at a bunch of it.
The men who ate the largest amount of chocolate (one-third of a cup per week) had a 17 percent lower risk of stroke compared with those who did not consume any chocolate!
Luckily, these results weren't limited to just dark chocolate either.
About 90 percent of the chocolate the men in this study ate was milk chocolate. Previous we thought that the reduction of stroke risk was only something dark chocolate did. Not the case.
They chalk this up to flavanoids, and that their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects may improve blood flow, reduce blood pressure and decrease levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol.
This shouldn't be our only plan of defense, obviously. Eating a bunch of chocolate can lead to other complications — just keep it in moderation!
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