Navigation Links
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Date:2/11/2010

But these sweet findings aren't conclusive, researchers say

THURSDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Just in time for Valentine's Day comes word that eating dark chocolate appears to lower your risk of stroke or lessen the likelihood of death after a stroke.

But the findings, based on a review of existing research, aren't conclusive, and they don't prove that chocolate is good for your heart. And dietitians say too much chocolate can be harmful.

Still, two of the three studies analyzed in the review provide yet another suggestion that health benefits lurk in chocolate, dark chocolate in particular, said review co-author Dr. Gustavo Saposnik.

If choosing among white chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate, "I'd definitely go with the dark chocolate," said Saposnik, director of the Stroke Research Unit at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

The review authors, who found three studies on chocolate consumption and stroke between 2001 and 2009, are scheduled to report their findings at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in Toronto in April.

One study found no significant association between chocolate consumption and risk of stroke or death from stroke. But another found that the stroke rate was 22 percent lower in people who ate chocolate once a week, and a third reported that death from stroke was 46 percent lower in those who ate 50 grams of chocolate once a week.

The health benefit may come from antioxidants called flavonoids that are present in chocolate, Saposnik said. Antioxidants are thought to prevent cell damage.

In years past, "the message was that chocolate consumption might be associated with higher LDL [bad] cholesterol or perhaps higher incidence of cardiovascular disease," he said. "Today, we know that all chocolates are not the same."

So, should you and your sweetheart add dark chocolate to your diet? "I'm not sure we can provide any recommendation at this time," Saposnik said.

For one thing, it's possible that some factor other than chocolate could be helping lower the risk of stroke. Those who eat more chocolate could be wealthier and have better access to health care, for instance, or go to the gym more often.

Saposnik said more studies will help clarify the association between chocolate and stroke risk.

For now, said registered dietitian Katie Clark, "caution should be taken not to promote chocolate as a health food," even though it's fine in moderation.

Chocolate is a major source of saturated fat, which raises bad cholesterol and boosts heart disease risk, said Clark, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California at San Francisco.

But Keith-Thomas Ayoob, an associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City who studies nutrition, said chocolate does have its benefits. "Several studies indicate that even a little chocolate can help reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow through the arteries. Both are good for heart health," he said. "It's nice to know that chocolate isn't bad for you, assuming you eat modest amounts and don't become overweight by overeating it."

More information

The National Stroke Association has more on stroke.



SOURCES: Gustavo Saposnik, M.D., M.Sc., director, Stroke Research Unit, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto; Katie Clark, M.P.H., R.D., assistant clinical professor, University of California at San Francisco; Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., R.D., F.A.D.A., associate clinical professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City; Feb. 11, 2010, American Academy of Neurology, news release


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Yogen Fruz Introduces New Holiday Flavors: Yog-Nog and Mint Chocolate Chip
2. Chocolate Soothes the Stressed-Out Soul
3. Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds 76 New Ideas to Improve Global Health, From Chewing Gum to Chocolate
5. Mars Lends Sweet Support in Fight Against Breast Cancer Through Its M&Ms(R) And Dove(R) Chocolate Brands, as Well as Its Celebrated Race Team
6. Delicious and Nutritious -- Chocolate Milk Is Harmonious This Halloween
7. Three New ZonePerfect(R) Dark Chocolate Nutrition Bar Flavors Fuel Satisfying and Delicious Snacking
8. Explorers Bounty Coffees and Chocolates Helping Individuals Reverse the Aging Process
9. Chocolate Milks Natural Muscle Recovery Benefits Match or May Even Surpass a Specially Designed Carbohydrate Sports Drink
10. Celebrities to Highlight at St. Judes Inaugural Wine and Chocolate Gala
11. Weaver Popcorn Company Issues a Nationwide Precautionary Voluntary Recall of 12 oz. (340g) Trails End(R) Chocolatey Peanut Clusters
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Over $60 Billion is spent annually on products for ... leading product review site for Toys, Tots, Pets & More (TTPM) announced the 15 ... Showcase at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. , Chosen from a field ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , ... May 02, 2016 , ... This week Omega ... its 2016 guest season which runs through October. Omega is offering a record 370 ... , “There has never been such widespread interest in or need for the ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... Dr. Rassouli, dentist in Orange County, ... According to the research, which was published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics ... about 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that dental problems may ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... RICHEY, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... and medical researchers report that many commonly used prescription medications, including anxiolytics, ... (1). To mitigate these risks, Novus Medical Detox Center —a leading ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... The ... be held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV from October 17–19, ... will be co-hosting the event. , This year’s conference will offer presentations ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)...   Click here for supplemental information regarding ... the nation,s largest independent specialty pharmacy, announced today ... acquire Valley Campus Pharmacy, Inc., doing business as ... pharmacy that provides individualized patient care, based in ... 2015, TNH generated approximately $400 million in revenue. ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016 Research and Markets ... Surgery Products Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... The global plastic surgery products market is ... the period 2016-2020. , ,The growing adoption of laser ... growth of the market. Lasers are used to treat ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 ... George Phillips und Stephen ...    ArisGlobal®, ein führender Anbieter ... gab heute bekannt, dass neue Führungskräfte zum ... gestoßen sind, die vielfältige Erfahrungen mitbringen.  Dies ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: