Dark Chocolate Discovery A Delight For Your Heart

Filed under: Study — @ November 17, 2006

An aspirin study by Drs. Becker and Faraday turned to dark chocolate

Reading this storyshould bring a great big smile to the face of virtually any research scientist who has worked with a group of study participants unwilling to follow the dictates of their experiment exactly as they were supposed to. But sometimes that’s okay when the unexpected results end up making an important point regarding heart health.

Lead researchers Dr. Diane Becker and Dr. Nauder Faraday from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine were in the midst of a 19-month study (June 2004-November 2005) on aspirin and its effect on counteracting the clotting of blood platelets called the Genetic Study of Aspirin Responsiveness (GeneSTAR) among 1,200 American adults (500 men and 700 women).

The researchers gave the study participants strict orders to NOT eat any chocolate during the study. But, human nature and the attractiveness of doing the opposite of what you are told led 139 of those in the study to eat chocolate anyway. When the dirty little secret was revealed, the researchers decided to make lemon out of lemonade with the botched portion of their aspirin study by looking at the results of those study participants anyway. Perhaps there was something to be gained by zeroing in on the chocolate lovers. And there was.

Click here to read about how these chocolate lovers helped the researchers come to an incredible heart health discovery that they had not intended to make.


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