A recent excerpt from a report in Science Daily, has uncovered that the heart health benefits of dark chocolate are actually due to the good gut bacteria it helps feed.
Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate –
these have been talked about for centuries, but we never knew why or how it actually worked. We came upon this study that explained it all quite simply. Researchers have now reported that the beneficial bacteria in the stomach feed on dark chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart.
Good Gut Bacteria
“We found that there are two kinds of microbes in the gut: the ‘good’ ones and the ‘bad’ ones,” explained Maria Moore, one of the study’s researchers.
“The good microbes, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feast on chocolate,” she said. “When you eat dark chocolate, they grow and ferment it, producing compounds that are anti-inflammatory.”
“When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing the long-term risk of stroke,” said John Finley, Ph.D., who led the work. He said that this study is the first to look at the effects of dark chocolate on the various types of bacteria in the stomach’.
Finley said that people could experience even more health benefits when dark chocolate is combined with solid fruits like pomegranates and acai. Looking to the future, he said that the next step would be for industry to do just that.
Bad bacteria in the gut is associated with inflammation and can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
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We have a great recipe for Raw Dark Chocolate that is completely sugar free. Using only Perfect Sweet xylitol to sweeten this recipe, it is absolutely delicious. Xylitol can perform too, as a prebiotic, actively fighting against unhealthy bacteria and yeast, rather than encouraging it.