A new study shows that moderate amounts of chocolate may reduce the risk of stroke in men. And, for once the benefits don't appear to be limited to dark chocolate.
Upon analyzing the questionnaires, the researchers found that the men who consumed the most chocolate – 63 grams or one-third of a cup of chocolate chips – had the lowest risk of stroke compared to the men who did not eat any chocolate. Overall, the highest chocolate consumers decreased their risk of stroke by 17 percent.
In previous research, dark chocolate has often been hyped for its heart health benefits. But an interesting aspect of the study revealed that 90 percent of the participants actually ate milk chocolate. Larsson said that both types of would most likely provide the same benefits, but dark chocolate may still be the better option.
I've long turned to chocolate for stress relief...maybe I'll see if I can get my sweet-tooth lacking husband to have a little more.