Chocolate Is Healthy for Men

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New research indicates two ounces of chocolate per week can reduce men's risk of a stroke.

While tons of advertising dollars go into marketing chocolate to women, a newly released study suggests it has health benefits for men – if eaten in moderation.

The 10-year study involved more than 37,000 Swedish men between 49 and 75 years old and was published in the academic journal Neurology. The conclusion: “Those who ate the most chocolate had a 17 percent lower risk of stroke than those who never ate chocolate.”

Participants with the lowest heart risk claimed to eat the equivalent of “one-third of a cup of [milk] chocolate chips, or a little more than two ounces” per week.

Researchers caution that they aren’t making recommendations based on the study, which only asked the participants to self-report the amount they ate at the start – 10 years ago. But the results fit with previous research, including studies on women. And the study did account for everything else in participants’ diets too.

More details are available at Neurology.org.

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