Eat chocolate all year – for science

Scientists in Britain are looking for women willing to eat chocolate every day for a year – all in the name of medical science.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and a hospital in Norwich, eastern England are trying to find out whether chocolate can cut the risk of heart disease and need 40 women to step forward and help.

Most of the women will have to eat two bars of “super-strength chocolate specially formulated by Belgian chocolatiers” daily for one year and undergo several tests to measure how healthy their hearts are.

The others will have to eat regular chocolate as a placebo.

One possible catch, for chocolate fans spotting an opportunity: volunteers for the research should be menopausal but aged under 75 and have type two diabetes.

Volunteers must also be non-smokers and have been taking cholesterol lowering drugs such as statins for at least a year.

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.”

Dr Peter Curtis, of the UEA’s School of Medicine, said: “Our first volunteers are about to return for their final visit to see if the markers of heart health – such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels – have changed.

“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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