Dark Chocolate is Good for You

03.19.2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Researchers have just found out the exact reason why dark chocolate is so good for you. Certain bacteria in the stomach take in the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds and that are good for the heart. They were able to find two types of microbes in the stomach, simply the good ones and the bad ones. The good ones feed on chocolate, growing it, and fermenting it, while the bad ones cause gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Some of the good ones are called Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, and the bad ones, Clostridia and some E. coli. When these good compounds are absorbed by the body they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing the long term risk of stroke. “cocoa powder, an ingredient in chocolate, contains several polyphenolic, or antioxidant, compounds such as catechin and epicatechin, and a small amount of dietary fiber. Both components are poorly digested and absorbed, but when they reach the colon, the desirable microbes take over. ‘”In our study we found that the fiber is fermented and the large polyphenolic polymers are metabolized to smaller molecules, which are more easily absorbed. These smaller polymers exhibit anti-inflammatory activity,”‘

-Hannah Atoynatan


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