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Chocolate Beneficial To Women

Last updated on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A Swedish study indicates chocolate is beneficial to women.

The study determined the woman who ate 2 ounces of chocolate a week lowered their risk of stroke by as much as 20-percent.

Pam Estes, registered dietician with Health Promotion Services at Community Health Network, says it's the flavanoids from the cacao bean that hold the antioxidant power.

Estes says the same flavanoids can be found in green tea, red wine, and several fruits. Estes says the reduced risk of stroke can be attributed to the flavanoids ability to inhibit platelette activity, thus reducing the chance for blood clots.

The study monitored women who ate 2.3 ounces of chocolate a week. Estes says 2.3 oz of chocolate is roughly the size of one and a half standard size Hearshey bars.

Many U.S. Studies have found those same healthy properties in dark chocolate as opposed to milk chocolate as was used in the Swedish study. Estes says the amount of chocolate liquor direct from the cacao bean is the key. Both American dark chocolate ad Swedish milk chocolate contain 30-percent of cacao concentrate. American milk chocolate uses only about 10-percent.

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