Heart problems, just like chocolate, come in many shapes and forms. Among the common heart problems faced by nearly one in four adults on the planet, there is the phenomenon known as heart flutter. Medically termed Atrial fibrillation, this condition affects the heart rhythm and can cause a variety of uncomfortable situations and conditions such as sleep apnea and kidney disease. Now back to chocolate. A new study has just found that the consumption of chocolate correlated directly with a lower exposure to the condition.
- In a large scale analysis of over 50 thousand participants ranging between 50 and 64 years of age, the team collected data from the subjects concerning their chocolate intake habits and frequency as well as their heart disease statistics, nutrition and lifestyle.
- Over a period of 13 years and a half, more than 3300 of the participants were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. The results of the study showed many stark differences between people according to their chocolate consumption.
- The group of people who reported consuming between 1 and 3 servings of chocolate per month saw a 10 percent lower risk of developing heart flutter when compared to those who took less than 1 serving a month. Those who had less than 1 weekly serving were 17 percent less likely to contract the condition, whereas those that had 2 to 6 weekly servings and 1 or more daily serving respectively registered a 20 percent and 14 percent drop in their risk of atrial fibrillation.
However the clearest result was the comparison between genders, where 1 weekly serving lowered the risk by 21 percent for women, a results that can only be achieved by 2 to 6 weekly servings for men.
These results are more informative than they are conclusive since this was an observational study rather than an experimental or controlled one. So it’s still unwise to consume such a calorie and sugar-rich product in exaggerated quantities.