Chocolate and Stroke Risk
You should be happy to know that all the recent news isn't bad.
Here's some good news for chocolate lovers.
When 55,000 people were studied, those who ate between two and six one-ounce servings of chocolate each week were 20% less likely to have atrial fibrillation, (commonly referred to as AFib), when compared to people who ate chocolate only once a month.
AFib is an irregular heart rhythm where the atria, the two upper chambers, beat irregularly, and not in coordination with the lower ventricles. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke, cognitive decline, dementia, heart attack and death.
Why does chocolate help? Probably because cocoa contains flavanols which improve blood vessel function.
Finally a reason to eat chocolate on a regular basis. Just remember a few things...
The cocoa is good for you. The sugar is not. And you don't need a lot of milk either. So go with dark chocolate. It has a higher cocoa content than milk chocolate.
And it's two to six one-ounce servings of chocolate a week. (Not a day, or an afternoon...you know what I mean.)
Every day.....Say NO To Stroke! ...and dementia, heart attack and death.