Dark Chocolate is Good for US, Don’t Eat too Much
The Big Q: Is Dark Chocolate actually good for you?
The Big A: Yes, according to a new study in the journal, Heart, that finds that people who regularly eat Chocolate reduce their risk of heart rhythm disorders.
Atrial fibrillation, a condition in which an irregular, often rapid heart rate, causes poor blood flow, affects more than 33-M people across the globe. The causes of heart flutter, as well as potential cures or prevention methods, are unfortunately unclear.
With the knowledge that Dark Chocolate consumption had been linked to improvements in heart health, the researchers sought to figure out whether or not Chocolate could also be linked to a lower rate in atrial fibrillation.
The Danish Diet, Cancer and Health study tracked more than 55,000 people between the ages of 50 and 64, including their weekly chocolate consumption.
During the study frame, which averaged 13.5 years, more than 3,300 new cases of atrial fibrillation were diagnosed among the participants. Using this information, the researchers were able to analyze the data in relation to Dark Chocolate consumption, finding that the rate of diagnosis was 10% lower for those who ate at least 1-3 1-ounce servings of Dark Chocolate a month than it was for those who ate less.
The study also found:
- A 17% lower risk of atrial fibrillation for those who had 1 weekly serving of Dark Chocolate.
- A 20% lower risk for those who ate 2 to 6 weekly servings.
- A 14% lower risk for those ate 1 or more daily servings.
- Men who consumed 2 to 6 servings of Dark Chocolate a week had the greatest risk reduction, a 23% lower risk.
- Women who had 1 weekly serving of Dark Chocolate had a 21% lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
The researchers cautioned that the results are not definitive.
The Dark Chocolate eaters in the study were naturally healthier and were highly educated, which are factors associated with good health. The study also failed to take account of other risk factors for atrial fibrillation, like kidney disease or sleep apnea.
“Regardless of the limitations of the Danish Chocolate study, the findings are interesting and warrant further consideration” Dr’s. Sea Pokroney and Jonathan Piccini, of Duke University Medical Center, noted. “Especially given the importance of identifying effective prevention strategies for [atrial fibrillation].”
I eat a 1/2 oz serving of Dark Chocolate daily.
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