Can the Food We Eat Affect Our Heart Rate?

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It is true that the foods people eat can affect their heart rate. People's diets have a big impact on their cardiovascular health. Eating a healthy diet helps prevent heart disease and other heart-related illnesses.

The most obvious foods that affect people's heart rates are those containing caffeine. Chocolate, energy drinks, soft drinks, coffee and green tea all have caffeine. Cigna states that consuming large amounts of these items can cause a person's heart rate to escalate. Theobromine is a stimulant found in chocolate flavored foods like brownies, cake and ice cream that can spike a person's heart rate, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sugar is another food item that causes a rapid increase in heart rate. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, researchers have found that high blood sugar causes problems with blood vessels that can lead to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Sugar is not just in sweet foods like candy and soft drinks, it is also present in high carbohydrate and simple carbohydrate foods such as white rice, pasta and bread.

People who have an arrhythmia, which is an irregular heart rhythm, might want to consider consuming foods with hot peppers in them. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, Capsaicin in hot peppers like cayenne and paprika have been known to regulate abnormal heart rates.