Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

Lowers Risk of Irregular Heartbeat




iadams/Shutterstock.com

High-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day.

“Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,” advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.


This article appears in the December 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Healthy Healing

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Naturally Treats Dementia and Depression

The Mind Performance Center, LLC, in Foley, Alabama provides non-drug rehabilitation for a wide range of brain disorders

Pure Pilates Hosts Day of Free Classes

Pure Pilates of Downtown Pensacola and Gulf Breeze will celebrate Pilates Day, May 5, by offering free 30-minute classes from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by free 30-minute private sessions from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Pillow Self-Talk

Spending a few minutes each night with three purposeful questions will help us to rest content and awaken with joy.

Eco-Upgrades for America’s Landmarks

From the Grand Canyon to the Gateway Arch to the Empire State Building, America’s landmarks are making the old new again with Earth-friendly changes.

Add your comment:

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT