British scientists are looking for 150 women to take part in a study that will look at a natural compound found in cocoa and its ability to cut the risk of heart disease among women with diabetes.
The women in the study will have to eat one bar of chocolate every day for a year.
Before you get too excited, know that you don't get to choose the chocolate. The bars were made by a Belgian confectionist, and they contain high levels of a flavonoid called epicatechin three times that of a high-end dark chocolate bar. The flavonoids have been shown to reduce heart risk factors. Soy has also been added to the bars, according to the Guardian.
Participants must be postmenopausal women under the age of 70 with type 2 diabetes who have been on cholesterol-lowering medication (statins) for at least a year.
Half the women in the study will randomly be assigned the flavonoid-rich bars, and the other half will get ordinary chocolate. They will have their risk of heart disease tested on five occasions during the year to see if any change occurs, according to the article.
No word on what treatment they will get to cope with withdrawal symptoms when the research is finished.
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