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Chocolate Intake and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Participants with higher levels of chocolate intake had a lower rate of clinically apparent incident AF or flutter. BMJ Journals — Volume 103, Issue 15 Chocolate intake and risk of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation: the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study Elizabeth Mostofsky, Martin Berg Johansen, Anne Tjønneland Harpreet S Chahal, Murray A Mittleman, Kim Overvad Abstract Objective To evaluate the association between chocolate intake and incident clinically apparent atrial fibrillation or flutter (AF). Methods The Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health…

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Eating Chocolate is Associated with Reduced Heart Disease

It’s possible that people who like to eat chocolate do something else that offers heart protection, like eat a wide variety of healthful foods. Harvard Health Blog –June 16, 2015 –Howard LeWine, M.D. If you’re a chocoholic, the news out of England is tantalizing: middle-aged and older adults who eat up to 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day (that’s more than two standard Hershey bars) seem to have lower rates of heart disease than those who spurn chocolate. At least…

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Almonds and Dark Chocolate Reduce Lipids

(Note that the research was funded by Hersey’s and the almond board of California) Incorporating almonds, dark chocolate, and cocoa into a healthy diet may help reduce a risk factor for coronary heart disease. In a controlled trial, researchers found that eating nearly one-third cup of almonds a day—either alone or combined with almost one-quarter cup of dark chocolate and a little more than 2 tablespoons of cocoa a day—improved lipid/lipoprotein profiles, when compared with the average American diet absent…

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