Chocolate trial goes into meltdown

No takers for chocolate flavonoids treatment in pre-eclampsia.

On paper it should have been a cakewalk, but a trial of chocolate to prevent pre-eclampsia has been abandoned because women had no taste for eating the stuff on a daily basis in the name of medical science.


With observational studies suggesting that flavonoid-rich chocolate has benefits on vascular endothelium, Queensland researchers hoped to assess the effect on rates of pre-eclampsia of consuming 25g of dark chocolate daily during pregnancy.

They set up a clinical trial in Cairns that aimed to recruit 1200