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 bacteria in our gut.

‘The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for centuries, but the exact reason had remained a mystery. Researchers have reported that good bacteria in the stomach feed on chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart.

"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’.

Bad bacteria in the gut is associated with inflammation and can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.

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