Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that pills with all those good nutrients in dark chocolate might have the ability to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The four-year study has 18,000 participants — why oh why didn’t they call me?
This is no joke. The study quoted Dr. JoAnn Manson, of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Who are the sponsors – you guessed it – chocolate manufacturers — Mars Inc., famous for M&M’s and Snickers — and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Why Mars? It patented extraction of cocoa flavanols and converts them into capsules.
The study will also analyze multivitamins — no chocolate in there. To read the full Associated Press report on NPR, click here.
More healthy stories from NPR — a fascinating story on how doctors in Ann Arbor used a 3-D printer to replicate a baby’s windpipe and save his life. Read it here. More health stories: Do iPads help or harm your toddlers? and look out for the Mumps Outbreak at Ohio State University. Theres a big drop in colon cancer — 30 percent in people 50 and older — read about it here.