Chocolate Study: 2-6 servings a week show lowest risk for AFib
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There is new research on chocolate and its effects your health.
You may have heard of a heart problem known as “atrial fibrillation” or “AFib,” as it's called for short.
It is a common heart condition involving an irregular heartbeat that affects millions of Americans.
A recent study found an association between consuming chocolate and having lower levels of AFib.
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic are now saying they've had so many heart patients asking about it that they've had to issue a word of caution.
They say that while there are several studies that say dark chocolate may have heart benefits, their caution is that the amount of chocolate consumed by those who saw a benefit, was less than the size of a traditional candy bar each day.
So they say you can have some of your cake or candy bar and eat it to.
In the study, researchers looked at data from more than 55,000 people who reported eating varying amounts of chocolate, from very little to several servings per day.
They found that those who ate moderate amounts, two to six servings per week, showed the lowest risk for AFib.
Doctors say, as with wine drinkers or coffee drinkers, this chocolate connection may have to do with a number of things, so they don't want you do load up on chocolate, thinking it's the cure for heart rhythm problems.
They say a little chocolate, as part of a heart healthy diet, is what they are recommending for now.
They say AFib can be helped by weight loss, so the amounts of any food may be critical.
Complete results of this study are found in the British Medical Journal.