Why dark chocolate really IS good for you: Stomach microbes turn cocoa into a … – Daily Mail

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 By Victoria Woollaston PUBLISHED: 09:25 EST, 21 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:08 EST, 21 March 2014 1,530 shares 92 Viewcomments Dark chocolate, pictured, can reduce blood pressure because gut microbes ferment fibres in cocoa and produce a natural anti-inflammatory Love dark chocolate? Now you can eat it with much less guilt because scientists have discovered why it is so…