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    Good News for Valentine's Day

    Contact: Julie Saccone
    sacconej@smh.toronto.on.ca
    416-864-5047
    St. Michael's Hospital
    Chocolate lovers could be lowering their risk of stroke: Study
    Preliminary data show possible health benefits of eating chocolate

    TORONTO, On – February 12, 2010 – Giving chocolates to your Valentine on February 14th may help lower their risk of stroke based on a preliminary study from researchers at St. Michael's Hospital. The study, which is being presented at the American Academy of Neurology in April, also found that eating chocolate may lower the risk of death after suffering a stroke.

    "Though more research is needed to determine whether chocolate is the contributing factor to lowering stroke risk, it is rich in anti-oxidants and that may have a protective effect against stroke," explains Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, a neurologist at St. Michael's Hospital.

    Chocolate is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids which may help lower the risk of strokes.

    Authored by Sarah Sahib, the research analyzed three studies involving chocolate consumption and stroke risk. One showed there was no association between flavonoid intake and risk of stroke or death. In contrast, a second study found an association with stroke for chocolate consumption once a week as opposed to none per week. The third study suggested flavonoid intake from eating chocolate weekly lowered death caused by a stroke.

    "We are continuing to investigate the correlation between chocolate and the risk of stroke," says Dr. Saposnik. "The preliminary data is interesting but we need to determine whether consumption truly lowers the risk of a stroke or whether the benefit is biased based on those who are on average healthier than the general population when enrolling in a clinical trial."

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    #2
    This sounds a lot more appetizing than an aspirin a day. I hadn't remembered that I had mounds bars until I read your post. Of course I had to have one. It does have dark chocolate. Would that count towards the study?

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      #3
      Originally posted by cara_m View Post
      This sounds a lot more appetizing than an aspirin a day. I hadn't remembered that I had mounds bars until I read your post. Of course I had to have one. It does have dark chocolate. Would that count towards the study?
      I guess I'm a nut, and you're not, cara_m



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        #4
        No chocolate for me. Trying hard to cut back fats.


        Happy Valentine's Day Eileen.
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          #5
          Any excuse for chocolate is enough for me .....
          T7-8 since Feb 2005

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            #6
            Originally posted by rdf View Post
            I guess I'm a nut, and you're not, cara_m
            I love chocolate.
            Me too. Sometimes I feel a nut....ooops, I mean feel like a nut.

            I couldn't resist.lol

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              #7
              I'm trying to figure out if that was naughty or not
              Originally posted by cara_m View Post
              Me too. Sometimes I feel a nut....ooops, I mean feel like a nut.

              I couldn't resist.lol
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                #8
                I plead the 5th

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by cara_m View Post
                  I plead the 5th
                  Gotcha...good answer
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