Stroke and Chocolate: What’s the Connection?

Featured Article, Healthy Heart, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition, Stroke
on March 20, 2008

After reviewing three studies on chocolate consumption and stroke conducted between 2001 and 2009, Canadian researchers have unwrapped news that may give chocaholics cause for celebration.

Though one study found no real link between chocolate consumption and the risk of stroke, the other two did report a connection. In one study, the stroke rate was 22 percent lower in people who ate chocolate once a week; another reported that death from stroke was 46 percent lower in those who ate 50 grams of chocolate (equal to about 11 Hershey's kisses) once a week.

Researchers think chocolate's antioxidants could explain the possible connection.