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The Heart of Chocolate By Mrs Vera West
Dark chocolate is being increasingly seen as a healthy food in limited quantities, with beneficial effects upon the heart:
“A study published in the journal Heart has found that eating moderate amounts of chocolate can reduce the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), a life-threatening form of irregular heartbeat. Scientists at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, together with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Aalborg University, and the Danish Cancer Society‘s Institute of Cancer Epidemiology used data from a large-scale cohort study of men and women in Denmark for their research. “Our study adds to the accumulating evidence of the health benefits of moderate chocolate intake and highlights the importance of behavioral factors for potentially lowering the risk of arrhythmias,” added Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky, the study’s lead author and an instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health."
While there has been much published on the cardiovascular benefits of dark, unsweetened chocolate, effects on irregular heart beat is something new. Chocolate’s health effects seem to be negated with the addition of milk, and of course, one does not need sugar. Thus, the sort of chocolate to go for is at least 85 percent cocoa dark, and 90 percent is even better. The strong, bitter taste is at first hard to get used to, but soon you will love it. Chocolate is surely one of the beautiful things in life. It is sunshine in your mouth on a rainy day.