Dark Chocolate's Health Benefits

Published 03/19 2014 09:41PM

Updated 03/19 2014 10:20PM

Researchers at LSU say they've solved the mystery of why dark chocolate is good for people.

Using a model to simulate digestion, researchers discovered compounds in chocolate are absorbed by 'good' bacteria in the stomach.

Those microbes then grow and ferment producing anti-inflammatory compounds.When those compounds are absorbed by the body, they reduce the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue and decrease the risk of long-term stroke.

Scientists say combining dark chocolate with sold fruits like pomegranates and acai could provide even greater health benefits.

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