Believe It or Not- Chocolate Can Reduce The Risk of Heart Disease
Have you been advised not to eat chocolates because they are fattening and high in cholesterol? If it has been the case with you, you can rest assured because studies revealed that eating chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

The study has been conducted in Denmark and states that regular consumption of chocolates may be helpful in preventing the onset of atrial fibrillation which is a type of irregular heartbeat. The research has provided information that adults who had chocolates at least once a month or more frequently had fewer chances of developing atrial fibrillation and the risks of developing this condition were reduced by 10 to 20% when compared to the adults who had chocolates fewer than once a month. This study has been published on May 20 in the Journal Heart.

Atrial fibrillation causes irregular heartbeat and can increase the risks of strokes, heart failure and cognitive impairment in an individual because the two upper chambers of the heart do not function at the same pace as the two lower chambers. The study also provided information that men or women who had at least 1 ounce of chocolate 2 to 6 times a week displayed the strongest effects of having this a delicacy.

Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past. – Homaro Cantu

What this means to the average person

Everyone loves chocolates and information that it can reduce the risks of heart disease can sound exciting for millions. Approximately 2.7 million to 6.1 million people in the United States suffer from atrial fibrillation. Researchers are conducting studies to understand and identify effective methods in order to help to prevent the condition.

Studies were also conducted earlier to understand the connection between the consumption of chocolates and the risks of developing atrial fibrillation but the studies were inconclusive. The participants within the earlier study conducted were just men or women but the new studies have included both and also considered people who were already suffering from atrial fibrillation and had been clinically diagnosed. This was a sharp contrast from the studies conducted earlier when the participants had self-reported the condition.

The new study conducted was expansive and took into account data from 55,000 adults between the ages of 50 and 64 from Denmark. The individuals were participants of an ongoing study known as the Danish diet, cancer and health study. The participants were initially recruited between 1993 and 1997 and were required to complete a detailed questionnaire on food frequency. They were also asked how frequently they had chocolates during the past year.

Moderation is key

The results of this research should not give people the impression they will be able to begin having chocolates according to their choices. Researchers have taken into consideration a number of factors which could influence the development of atrial fibrillation and included habits like smoking, alcohol intake, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels during the study and noticed that people who were having moderate levels of chocolate were at a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation. Therefore it shouldn’t be an invitation for individuals to begin consuming excessive quantities of chocolate.

The research has not proven whether that is a cause-and-effect relationship between having chocolates and a lower risk of atrial fibrillation and the precise mechanism of how chocolate can prevent atrial fibrillation is still unknown. Researchers believe some of the compounds in chocolate which are known as flavonoids could perhaps be playing a role because they may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

“Part of life and part of the enjoyment of life is a croissant and a chocolate cake and eggs and milkshakes and oatmeal. There’s so many things, you have to learn to appreciate it all. When I don’t eat as much as I should, I’m not fun to be around; I’m fussy.” – Nina Dobrev

People who do not have this information are advised not to get excited because the results of this research have just been revealed earlier this week. They can definitely begin to have chocolate in moderate quantities but should refrain from over indulging themselves for fear of negative reactions.


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