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Hamper chocolate may help lower stroke risk
Published on 14/10/2011

Another reason to include chocolate in a luxury hamper has been revealed, as researchers believe the sweet stuff can lower the risk of stroke.

According to a study conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, women who eat a lot of chocolate are least likely to suffer from the condition.

More than 33,000 ladies were followed over a decade and 1,600 strokes were recorded across the group.

Those who consumed eight grams of chocolate or less per week were found to be at the highest risk, while women who ate the most were 20 per cent less likely to be affected.

And it seems the effects are not limited to dark chocolate, as researcher Susanna Larsson told AFP milk chocolate accounted for 90 per cent of all chocolate eaten in Sweden during the 1990s, when much of the study took place.

It comes after those who include chocolate in their hampers were boosted by University of Cambridge research showing the confectionery can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.

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