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Thursday, November 16th 2006

In The Guise Of Great News

Flavonoids in chocolate are anti-coagulant!

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have found that chocolate thins blood and protects the heart in the same way aspirin does. The keys are compounds in chocolate called flavonoids, which slow down platelet clumping that can block off blood vessels and lead to a heart attack or stroke.

But to get the benefit of popping an 81mg aspirin,

[W]ould require eating several bars of chocolate a day, which could lead to other problems, such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

“I would never tell people to go ahead and eat chocolate, because chocolate travels with a lot of friends, like fat and sugar,” said epidemiologist Diane Becker, who led the study — one of the largest to look at how chocolate protects the heart.

In anycase this news isn’t entirely new. Flavonoids have long known to have beneficial effects, this just adds another thing to the list.