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Eating Chocolate May Be Good For Your Heartbeat, According To New Research

By Nicole Caldwell

Your instincts were right: Chocolate is indeed the way to your heart. Or, at least to a normal heartbeat. A new study suggests regulating your ticker’s rhythm may require little more than getting a good, weekly dose of chocolate. No objections reported thus far.

Analysis of more than 55,000 Danes found that an annual intake of two to six ounces of chocolate correlated with a 20-percent reduction in atrial fibrillation (A-fib rates), Medical News Today reports. Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Mass., was the lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Heart.

A-fib is no joke.

A-fib, or irregular heartbeats, affect at least 2.7 million Americans and can contribute to blood clots, dementia, heart failure, strokes, and early death. Yikes. As part of preventing A-fib, doctors recommend a “heart-healthy diet” that is low in cholesterol, salt, saturated fats and trans fats. And, drum roll please: with a decent level of chocolate.

Chocolate has too many health benefits to count.

Of course, the health benefits of chocolate have been touted for years. Research reported in 2016 by Medical News Today found that small, regular doses of chocolate could markedly reduce a person’s chances of heart disease. And doctors and nutritionists have known for ages that regular chocolate intake can help fight diabetes, lower your risk of stroke, improve your mood, suppress a cough, protect your skin, and even make you smarter (not like we needed anyone to tell us that).