Eating chocolate moderately — note the word moderately, now — can significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with a common and dangerous type of irregular heartbeat, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard University’s Chan School of Public Health.
The study was published Tuesday in Heart.
The new findings add to the consensus of previous studies that suggested cocoa — particularly dark chocolate — is yummy as well as good for the heart muscle. The new findings shed light on atrial fibrillation for the first time.
“Our study adds to the accumulating evidence on the health benefits of moderate chocolate intake and highlights the importance of behavioral factors for potentially lowering the risk of arrhythmias,” said Elizabeth Mostofsky, instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard.
The study included 55,502 men and women participating in the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Heath Study.
“Despite the fact that most of the chocolate consumed by the study participants likely had relatively low concentrations of potentially protective ingredients, we still observed a significant association between eating chocolate and a lower risk of AF,” Mostofsky said.
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