Chocolate Offenders Teach Science Sweet Lesson
“chocoholics” who just couldn’t give up their favourite
treat to comply with a study to test blood stickiness have
inadvertently done their fellow chocolate lovers - and
science - a big favour.
say researchers at Johns Hopkins led to what is believed to
be the first biochemical analysis to explain why just a few
squares of chocolate a day can almost halve the risk of
heart attack death in some men and women by decreasing the
tendency of platelets to clot in narrow blood vessels.
chocolate ‘offenders’ taught us is that the chemical in
cocoa beans has a biochemical effect similar to aspirin in
reducing platelet clumping, which can be fatal if a clot
forms and blocks a blood vessel, causing a heart attack,”
says Diane Becker, M.P.H., Sc.D., a professor at The Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School
of Public Health.
cautions that her work is not intended as a prescription to
gobble up large amounts of chocolate candy, which often
contains diet-busting amounts of sugar, butter and cream.
But as little as 2 tablespoons a day of dark chocolate - the
purest form of the candy, made from the dried extract of
roasted cocoa beans - may be just what the doctor ordered.
Release John Hopkins University