I am always looking for more reasons to eat chocolate so was pleased when I found this article. It suggests that eating dark chocolate could reduce the risk of suffering from a stroke. Researchers have found that a compound called epicatechin which is found in dark chocolate can protect the brain against stroke by shielding nerve cells. The study is based upon tests which were carried out on mice but it is hoped that it might be possible to replicate it in humans. Whilst I doubt I am hugely at risk of having a stroke I will be making sure I get plenty of chocolate, just in case.