Study links chocolate to reduced risk of common heart condition

Eating chocolate could reduce your risk of a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation.

Study links chocolate to reduced risk of common heart condition

A new study from Harvard University suggests that eating two to six bars of chocolate a week could reduce your risk of a heart condition known as atrial fibrillation.

The research based on a sample of more than 50,000 people aged between 50 and 64 found that men eating between two and six portions of chocolate a week had a 23 per cent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared with those who avoid chocolate. The research also showed that women eating just one portion of chocolate a week had a 21 per cent lower risk.

Affecting about two per cent of the population, atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter, doubles the risk of dying from cardiac conditions such as stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

Previous studies that have suggested health benefits from chocolate have focused solely on dark chocolate, while this new research did not ask the participant which type of chocolate they ate.

"Despite the fact that most of the chocolate consumed in our sample probably contained relatively low concentrations of the potentially protective ingredients, we still observed a robust statistically significant association," the researchers said.




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    25th May 2017
    The first paragraph says bars of chocolate and the rest says portions.
    There's a big difference?
    What size is the bar and what is a portion?
    Journalists should get their facts straight if they are to remain credible!
    25th May 2017
    Thankfully The Telegraph UK indicates a portion is 30g, which is a small chocolate bar. Thankfully it suggests men need to eat between 2 and 6 of these a week.
    25th May 2017
    And poor research not to ask participants what type of chocolate they ate. White "chocolate" is not chocolate, just fat and sugar, and milk chocolate is not much better. Unfortunately the very dark chocolate which has the health benefits is often rather bitter/strong, but this with rum and raisins in it? Yum! (But I've never found it - Cadbury's rum and raisin sadly doesn't cut it). The Mexicans use pure chocolate with no sugar in it as a savory.
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    25th May 2017
    I am a chocoholic (dark) and drink Hot Chocolate instead of coffee or tea, but recently suffered Atrial Fibrillation! I also wondered about the use of the words 'bars' and 'portions'
    25th May 2017
    Yay! Must keep this for future reference!!....along with the glass of wine and cheese.
    I had a friend who pointed out that we only have a finite number of heart beats in one life time - use them well.
    25th May 2017
    PS Do Mexicans have less incidence of AF?
    25th May 2017
    Don't know but they do have one of the highest rates of obesity!
    25th May 2017
    When I eat chocolate it has to be DARK with 85% cocoa & I buy it at Aldi.
    A. N. Onymous
    25th May 2017
    I commented on chocolate on 28th March last year in another YLC article on it -- see .
    25th May 2017
    I thought that it was dark chocolate that we are meant to eat? Are these credible researchers?
    invisible sock
    25th May 2017
    Looks like Harvard has just become eligible for some big research grants from chocolate makers.
    25th May 2017
    That was my first thought.
    25th May 2017
    This type of research never considers other factors like how much exercise or what other types of food are they eating, how many calories do they consume, what is their stress levels etc. It all plays a part in your heart health. Eating more green leafy veg is far more beneficial.

    25th May 2017
    a simple fact, yet the comments make a mountain out of it, typical to-day's reasoning
    31st May 2017
    Melfunction, I noticed the difference if the amount that can be eaten. The lady in the photo is eating a block of chocolate. How many portions does it contain.
    The editors of this page need to check the facts carefully before they publish them.
    1st Jun 2017
    The original article I read on another site mentioned Dark Chocolate. In the photo the lady is definitely not eating dark chocolate.

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