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Chocolate 'could cut the risk of stroke in men'
Published on 30/08/2012

Men who think a chocolate hamper would be the perfect birthday gift may be excited to hear that eating the delicacy could cut the risk of a stroke.

This is according to new research carried out by Susanna Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

The study revealed eating moderate amounts of cocoa-rich chocolate could not only protect against cardiovascular diseases, but also strokes.

Men who ate a weekly average of 63 grams had a 17 per cent lower risk of stroke compared with those who ate none, it was found.

However, in her report in the latest edition of Neurology, Ms Larsson said: "Because chocolate is high in sugar, saturated fat and calories, it should be consumed in moderation."

As a result, she claimed more research should be done before any recommendations about chocolate consumption are given.

Previous studies have suggested that dark chocolate is the healthiest form of the sweet treat as it contains the most antioxidants.

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