Here's one study I wouldn't mind participating in.
Researchers at the University of East Anglia in the U. K. are recruiting women to eat a bar of chocolate a day for a year. Mounds of Yorkie Bars (a particular favourite of HP but sadly unavailable in Australia) comes to mind. Sounds like heaven, no?
The aim of the study is to examine whether eating chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Unfortunately, I'm not eligible. Participants must be post-menopausal and have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
The second sting, the chocolate provided is not your standard Dairy Milk/Hersheys/Lindt/ insert your own particular favourite here. The chocolate has been loaded with extra flavonoids by the addition of soy. Flavonoids are a compound found in cocoa, which is suspected to be beneficial to the heart.
An important study as the researchers state that deaths due to heart disease among women increase rapidly after the menopause and having type 2 diabetes increases this risk by a further three-and-a-half times.
Don't take this as a carte-blanche to eat chocolate though. The researchers point out chocolate is still high in sugar and fat.
Why do scientists have to be such spoilsports?