Mystery Of Why Chocolate Is Healthy Solved

Mystery Of Why Chocolate Is Healthy Solved

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Dark chocolate has been linked to health benefits ranging from reduced blood pressure to improvements in mood.

Until now, researchers never knew how the chocolate produced some of these benefits in our bodies.

You wouldn't think that America's favorite treat would be good for you, but a recent study now shows that many of the merits may be traced to the influence of cocoa on the good bacteria in our body.

"We knew that there were some very good compounds that were healthy in cocoa," study researcher John Finley, from Louisiana State University, said at the American Chemical Society annual meeting on Tuesday, March 18.

But these healthy compounds "were not there at levels high enough to account for the effects that people had observed," he said.

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