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New Study Finds Chocolate Can Lower Risk Of Stroke In Women

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new study found that women who eat chocolate can lower their risk of a stroke.

Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the study found that researchers believe flavonoids in the cocoa lower blood pressure.

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“What they’re probably looking at is the effect of anti-oxidants,” said 1010 WINS medical expert Dr. Brian McDonough. “They’re helpful for your health and they actually can make your arteries more flexible and they can help resist the oxidation of cholesterol.”

McDonough says while the study is encouraging, don’t fill up your fridge with Ho Hos and Mr. Goodbar.

“We’re talking about eating the chocolate in moderation,” he said. “Remember, chocolate has fat in it, it has sugar, that’s not necessarily good for and it also has caffeine.”

McDonough said the study looked at the benefits of dark chocolate because of its cocoa content.

To see the full study, click here.

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