Eating chocolate may help you beat an irregular heartbeat

May 23 2017 - 7:45pm
Enjoying some tasty chocolate

Researchers say the risk of an irregular heartbeat may be lowered by eating chocolate.

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Chocolate tastes so good many people assume it must be a myth that it can be good for your health. However, researchers say that there is an association between consuming chocolate and better heart health.

Research has shown there is a decreased chance of being hospitalized or dying from heart disease in people who eat chocolate. Dark chocolate in particular has often been found to be heart healthy.

There was a lower risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in people who consumed moderate amounts of chocolate

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports there may be a decreased risk of irregular heartbeat in people who eat chocolate. In a study of men and women living in Denmark which was led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and in Denmark, it was determined there was a markedly lower risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in people who consumed moderate amounts of chocolate.

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Atrial fibrillation is a common and very dangerous type of irregular heartbeat. This condition affects millions of people worldwide and is associated with an increased risk of heart failure, stroke, cognitive decline, dementia, and death.

There is growing evidence on the health benefits of moderate chocolate consumption

Elizabeth Mostofsky, who is an instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School of Public Health, a postdoctoral fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the lead author of the study, says this study has added to the growing evidence on the health benefits of moderate chocolate consumption. The vital importance of behavioral factors for potentially decreasing the risk of arrhythmias becomes clear.

It was observed that consuming even small amounts of cocoa can have a positive impact on health. It is not recommended to eat large amounts of chocolate because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat which could lead to weight gain along with other metabolic problems. A healthy choice seems to be moderate consumption of chocolate with high cocoa content.

BMJ reports that researchers evaluated the association between chocolate consumption and clinically apparent atrial fibrillation or flutter. The evidence has indicated moderate consumption of chocolate may have an inverse association with risk of atrial fibrillation. Chocolate offers a delicious way to potentially maintain better heart health.

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