Eating chocolate may reduce risk of stroke

February 11, 2010 1:52:41 PM PST
Just in time for Valentine's Day, new evidence shows chocolate may be good for your heart and brain.

Two studies find that people who regularly eat small amounts of chocolate have a reduced risk for stroke, about 25 to 45 percent lower compared to those who don't eat chocolate.

Research shows compounds in chocolate called flavonoids can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure.

Dark chocolate is thought to have the highest concentration of antioxidants. But, experts agree, the findings presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Neurology are not a license to eat candy bars every day.