The Checkup: Chocolate Linked to Lower Stroke Risk in Women

Think of this as your free pass to eat two chocolate bars a week

First red wine and now chocolate: I just love giving the ladies reasons to eat and drink delicious things. A new Swedish study has linked chocolate consumption to a decreased risk of stroke in women. Researchers observed that chocolate’s protective benefits kicked in once women started eating more than 1.5 ounces a week; they determined that a “healthy” chocolate intake was about two bars a week, charting a 20 percent reduction in strokes among chocolate eaters compared to those who abstained. Chocolate’s stroke-busting properties come from the flavanoids in the cocoa, which you’ll find most concentrated, of course, in dark chocolate.

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