Don't Give Up Chocolate for Lent – It is Too Good for You

by Christine Sine

Those of us that are chocoholics know that chocolate is good for us.  But now the Canadians have conclusive evidence to back up our instincts.  So don’t give up chocolate for Lent.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a new systematic review from Canadian researchers suggests higher chocolate consumption may be associated with a lower risk for incident stroke and stroke-related mortality.

Results of 2 prospective cohort studies showed, respectively, a 22% reduction in stroke risk for those who had 1 serving of chocolate per week and a 46% reduction in stroke mortality from weekly consumption of flavonoids in 50 g of chocolate vs no consumption. A third study showed no association between chocolate intake and stroke or death.  Read about it here

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