Newly released study findingsfrom a study doneby researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), collaborating with researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Aalborg University and Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark, observed an association between people consuming moderate amounts of chocolate and significantly lowering the risk of being diagnosed with AFib. Chocolate and AFib may work well for some people.
Previous studies suggest that eating dark chocolate (NOT milk chocolate), a food containing cocoa, may promote healthy blood vessel function, a definite cardiovascular benefit. More research needs to be conducted. Currently, only limited research on the association between consuming chocolate and the occurrence of AF is available.
The conclusions published in the professional journal Heart came after conducting research observing 55,502 men and women,recruited between 1993 and 1997, who participatedin Denmark’s Danish Diet, Cancer and Health Study. Researchers measured participants’ body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Other things analysts observed and measured included participants’ diet and lifestyle gathered from questionnaires, and health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. Finally, research investigators also used a validated questionnaire to collect data about the participants’ daily chocolate intake.
What did the recruited participants stats reveal about chocolate and AFib? Over a 13.5year follow-up period, AFib occurred in 3,346 people. Comparing chocolate intake amongst participants, the following stats emerged:
- For those who ate one to three, one-ounce servings of chocolate monthly enjoyed a 10% lower AFib rate
- Those who ate one, one-ounce serving of chocolate weekly enjoyed a 17% lower AFib rate
- Those who ate between two and six, one-ounce servings of chocolate weekly enjoyed a 20% lower AFib rate
- Those eating more chocolate experienced a slightly leveled off benefit.
- Those who ate one or more daily servings averaged a 16 % lower AFib rate.
- Results were similar between men and women.
Professionals recommend against eating excess chocolate. Many chocolate products contain unhealthy amounts of sugar and fat that could lead to excess weight gain and other metabolic problems. Therefore, moderate dark chocolate intake balanced with a heart healthy diet may contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
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