Researchers fail to hit the sweet spot

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 pregnant women from