Recently published, another research article about the benefits of chocolate! In this case, the Danish are following a large group of people, ages 50 to 64 over a number of years to find out how their consumption of chocolate affects their health. In this study, they looked at atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the upper chambers of your heart quiver. The atria are out of sync and do not work with the ventricles effectively. Over a period averaging around 13.5 years, 3,346 people had atrial fibrillation. The incidence of atrial fibrillation was 10% lower in people who 1 to 3 servings of chocolate per month than people who ate less that 1 serving per month. Interestingly, the rate of atrial fibrillation was 17% lower in people who at 1 weekly serving (30 grams) of chocolate per month and 20% lower for 2 to 6 weekly servings.
Several caveats have been noted, specifically there may have been other factors that affected the results, including educational and socio-economic level of the people in the study. Also risk factors associated with atrial fibrillation, like sleep apnea and kidney disease weren’t taken into account. Remember as well that a prospective cohort study doesn’t provide as strong evidence as a randomized case control study.
But as a chocolate lover, finding evidence to support my chocolate eating habit is good news.
Here’s an infographic shared with us by the Cleveland Clinic.