Chocolate might not be the healthiest thing for your waistline – but research suggests it may protect against stroke.

A study following more than 37,000 Swedish men showed those eating the most chocolate were the least likely to have a stroke.

It follows on from other studies that have suggested eating chocolate can improve the health of the heart.

However, researchers and the Stroke Association warned the findings were not an excuse to overeat chocolate.

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