Friday, 24 July 2009

Could you eat chocolate every day for a whole year?

Could you eat chocolate everyday for a whole year? If you think you can then you need to be contacting researchers at the University of East Anglia who are trying to find out whether chocolate can cut the risk of heart disease.

The university are looking for 40 menopausal women aged under 75 and have type two diabetes. All the women will have to eat two bars of chocolate a day. Half the group will have "super-strength chocolate specially formulated by Belgian chocolatiers" and the others will have to eat regular chocolate as a placebo. All participants will have to be willing to undergo several tests to measure how healthy their hearts are.

Study coordinator Peter Curtis said: "A successful outcome could be the first step in developing new ways to improve the lives of people at increased risk of heart disease."

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