If you feel like your sweet tooth is too hard to resist, scientists may have just given you another reason to indulge. A recent study followed 33,000 women over the course of 10 years and found that the women who ate more chocolate had a lower chance of suffering from a stroke. This Swedish study has become very popular with women around the world looking to satisfy that cocoa craving. The women who ate the most chocolate in the study consumed around 2.5 ounces per week. While this is not a large amount, it seemed to be enough to enforce protection against stroke. The study didn’t differentiate between milk or dark chocolate or indicate which might be better, however it was noted that during the majority of the study period, most people in Sweden ate milk chocolate. Yet, cocoa is present in higher amounts in dark chocolate and is believed to be the protective ingredient. Researchers in the study claim they aren’t surprised by the results because cocoa has previously been shown to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for stroke. Previous studies have also concluded that cocoa has antioxidants that lower bad cholesterol and improve insulin resistance, two other factors that can help lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.
So, do your brain a favor and indulge in some dark chocolate. You can explain the benefits to your abdomen later while working out at the gym to get rid of the calories.