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Dark chocolate can lower stroke risk in women, study finds

October 09, 2018 - 3:15 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- If you enjoy chocolate, you will love this study. 

Swedish researchers found that women who ate a moderate amount of dark chocolate on a regular basis lowered the risk of two types of strokes by 20%. 

Before you go out and buy boxes of candy, there is a key piece of advice: the key is moderation. This study followed many others where the protective amount was two candy bars a week. The scientists suspect it’s the cocoa content, specifically in dark chocolate that does the trick. 

It is worth noting that Swedish chocolate is made with a higher cocoa content than American chocolate and the results may not translate to the U.S. unless this high quality chocolate is consumed.