With Easter right on our tails, the allure to consume your weight in chocolate Easter eggs can become almost impossible to resist!
With its smooth, creamy texture, and that sweet, sweet release of dopamine into the brain. Not to mention its gut healing anti-inflammatory properties… Wait what?
No it’s true. According to researcher unveiled at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in March, there is evidence that Dark Chocolate is good for us. And it's not just because it's high in antioxidants.
Researchers from Louisiana State University found that certain bacteria in the stomach gobble up dark chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for your heart!
Isn’t this just wonderful news?!
According to Maria Moore, an undergraduate student and one of the study's researcher Scientists found that there are two kinds of microbes in the gut: the 'good' ones and the 'bad' ones. The good microbes, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feast on chocolate.
When you eat dark chocolate, they grow and ferment it, producing compounds that are anti-inflammatory.
The other bacteria in the gut are associated with inflammation and can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. These include some Clostridia and some E. coli.
When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing the long-term risk of stroke
So not only does it tastes delightful it is actually good for your heart.
Finally a heart healthy practice I can get behind 110%!
Now if you’ll excuse me I have two dozen Easter Eggs to consume. They're not all for me, they are for my heart too.