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What are the health benefits of chocolate?

What are the health benefits of chocolate?

What are the health benefits of chocolate?

Next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you may not have to feel overly guilty about it. Despite its bad reputation for causing weight gain, there are a number of health benefits associated with this delicious treat. Chocolate is made from tropical Theobroma cacao tree seeds. The earliest use of chocolate dates back to the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica. After the discovery of the Americas, chocolate became very popular in Europe, and its demand exploded. Chocolate has since become an incredibly popular food product that millions indulge in everyday for its unique, rich, and sweet taste. But what effects does eating chocolate have on our health? This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. It provides details on the potential health benefits of chocolate as well as some risks and precautions that you you should be aware of.Continue…

Why dark chocolate really IS good for you

Why dark chocolate really IS good for you: Stomach microbes turn cocoa into a natural drug that reduces blood pressure

 Why dark chocolate really IS good for you

Stomach microbes turn cocoa into a natural drug that reduces blood pressure

  • Previous studies found dark chocolate reduces blood pressure.
  • Now scientists have discovered this is due to how our guts ferment cocoa.
  • By breaking down chocolate compounds, microbes produce molecules that act like a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • This drug enters the bloodstream and helps protect arteries from damage.
  • Dark chocolate contains a higher cocoa content than milk chocolate.

Love dark chocolate?

Now you can eat it with much less guilt because scientists have discovered why it is so good for us. Previous studies have found daily consumption of dark chocolate reduces blood pressure and is good for the heart. Now scientists have discovered why this happens – and its down to how our guts ferment the fibre in cocoa beans.Continue…