Chocolate Is Good For You Thanks to Gut Bacteria
On the heels of great news that
dark chocolate really is good for you
"It's a rather disgusting process,"
food science professor John Finley
apologizes in advance. (Maybe save your
The microbes then feasted on what was left of the cocoa after its passage through the mock digestive system. They fermented these compounds-flavonols that include catechin and epicatechin, which are also found in green tea-into smaller anti-inflammatories that could be absorbed into the bloodstream.
The caveat is that these results, presented at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas, are for cocoa powder-not for fat- and sugar-filled Hershey's bars. Finley tells NPR he stirs some into his oatmeal with berries in the morning. I guess that sounds pretty healthy, but not quite as great as eating chocolate bars for breakfast. [ Scientific American ]
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