Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"Sweet Discovery" for Chocoholics, BUT…

A Johns Hopkins University study (reported by Reuters) found that chocolate contains chemicals which help keep the platelets in your blood from clumping, which can form deadly clots.

What's really interesting about this finding is how researchers came across the results. In a test on aspirin's affect on heart disease, patients were asked to abstain from wine, chocolate, grapefruit and other foods suspected in maintaining cardiovascular health. But that's a tall order for your typical chocoholic.

How widespread is chocolate addiction? Well, in the study of 1,200 people, 139 people could not stay away from the stuff. That's about 12 percent of the population. But instead of telling the addicts to get lost, Johns Hopkins researchers tested their blood anyway, and discovered that their blood was slower to clot than people who had not eaten chocolate.

However, if you're a chocolate fan, don't start celebrating just yet. The affect of chocolate on blood clotting was small. "[Chocolate] does not have anywhere near the magnitude of the effects of a single baby aspirin a day," one scientist told Reuters. Furthermore, "the high sugar and fat content of most chocolate candy might cancel out some of the benefits."

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