Chocolate, coffee. Health foods. I plan to consume more of both
A new study suggests there’s a link between eating chocolate and a decrease of between 11% and 20% in “artrial fibrillation,” a heart flutter or irregular heart beat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other complications. The study, published in the BMJ (formerly, the British Medical Journal) is based on more than 55,500 participants who had also provided information on their chocolate intake.
“Moderate consumption of cocoa and cocoa-containing foods may promote cardiovascular health due to their high content of flavanols,” the study found. Flavanols are plant-based nutrients that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. There has been extensive research showing that moderate consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is associated with a lower rate of heart attacks and heart failure.