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Can Chocolate Trigger Afib?

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Confused about the effects of chocolate on your heart’s health? Especially if you have Atrial fibrillation (Afib)?

You’re not alone. There is so much conflicting information surrounding this topic and I would like to help clarify for you.

Most will agree that eating extreme amounts of any food, even one as beloved as chocolate, can have a negative effect on our health. If you suffer from Afib, you might worry about the possibility of chocolate bringing on rapid heartbeat, palpitations and other cardiac symptoms. Your doctor may have told you to stay away from all foods containing caffeine, including chocolate.

But don’t be so quick to throw out your secret stash of chocolate just yet. Consuming foods made from raw cacao have heart benefits that might just outweigh the negatives when consumed in moderation AND when choosing quality options. It is a significant source of antioxidants, and is rich in both potassium and magnesium, which are critical nutrients for the heart. Read on to find out more.

Chocolate and AFIB

New research has reported on the benefits of chocolate and Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB). Researchers found that on average, the people who ate chocolate had a lower risk of Afib than people who didn’t eat any chocolate. This is splendid news! But don’t go out and raid the candy stores. Learn about the type of chocolate that is recommended for best health.

Why Quality Is Key:

The cacao plant produces the chocolate we all enjoy in its many forms. Today, however, most chocolate contains chemical additives such as emulsifiers, preservatives, GMO sugars, GMO soy and other toxins which automatically decrease the health benefits and diminish the quality of modern products. Good quality chocolate should contain only a few ingredients like organic raw cacao, organic cane sugar, and organic cocoa butter.

Quality DOES matter. Your chocolate should be:

  • Organic
  • Low sugar content
  • Higher cacao content (over 70%)
  • No preservatives
  • Soy, corn and gluten-free
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No colorants
  • Non-GMO

Because there are so many companies who produce chocolate, sifting through all the information can be taxing. We have made it easier for you by sharing our 3 top chocolate picks which meet the above criteria and are delicious to boot!

My other favorite way to satisfy any chocolate cravings is to eat raw cacao nibs, which are naturally sugar free, mixed into homemade raw nut trail mixes or Paleo baked goods.

Words to the Wise

We are all bio-individual. Diet, lifestyle, enviro-toxins, and daily stress will all affect how your body processes caffeine and chocolate. I only recommend having treats occasionally and in moderation, and you must listen to your body to see how it does. I am specifically recommending the above brands for highest quality. Consuming any caffeinated product in excess can stress your body, however when we consume quality products in moderation, the benefits of cacao and even other caffeinated foods such as coffee often outweigh the potential risks, even for those with Afib.

If you are interested in more support surrounding your Afib diagnosis, schedule a free call with an NHD health coach to find out about resources we offer including our new Afib course.

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