More encouraging news for chocolate lovers

October 10, 2011 2:51:59 PM PDT
A new study from Sweden adds to evidence that eating chocolate in moderation could reduce the risk of stroke.

The research in the "Journal of the American College of Cardiology" does not prove cocoa lowers risk.

But the study notes women who ate about two chocolate bars a week had a 20 percent lower risk of have a stroke.

Researchers speculate the cocoa in chocolate bars, specifically the dark types, provide a protective benefit.

Swedish chocolate contains higher concentrations of cocoa compared to U.S. chocolate, so this study may not translate perfectly to U.S. women.

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