New York, May 25: If you are addicted to chocolate, good news for you to consume it. Eat six bars of chocolate a week may lower the risk of heart stroke, heart failure, cognitive decline, dementia and death by 20 per cent, research shows.
Atrial fibrillation also known as heart flutter affects more than 33 million people worldwide. The one who ate one to three servings per month had a 10 per cent lower rate of atrial fibrillation.
“Our study adds to the accumulating evidence on the health benefits of moderate chocolate intake and highlights the importance of behavioural factors for potentially lowering the risk of arrhythmias,” said lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, from Harvard Chan School in the US.
“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 atrial fibrillation — suggesting that even small amounts of cocoa consumption can have a positive health impact,” she added.
Study included 55,502 participants (26,400 men and 29,100 women), in the age group of 50 to 64.
“Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems. But moderate intake of chocolate with high cocoa content may be a healthy choice,” Mostofsky noted.