Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Regular chocolate consumption may lower your risk of heart flutter. By Claire Ang
According to research published online in the journal Heart, eating chocolate on a weekly basis can lower your chances of developing heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, also known as flutter.
Researchers gathered a total of 55, 520 participants aged between 50 to 64 years old. They were required to provide information on their weekly chocolate intake, with one serving defined as 30g.
After the monitoring period, results showed that the newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation rate was 10 per cent lower for those who consumed 1 to 3 servings a month as compared to those who consumed less than one serving a month. For women, it seemed that eating one serving of chocolate weekly was the most effective, with a 21 per cent lower risk.
Although no firm conclusions can be made from this observational study, it is definitely promising. This may just be the perfect excuse for you to indulge in your favourite chocolates with less guilt.