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Why dark chocolate really IS good for you:
The Daily Mail ^ | 3-21-14 | Victoria Woollaston

Posted on 03/22/2014 8:06:52 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Love dark chocolate?

Now you can eat it with much less guilt because scientists have discovered why it is so good for us.

Previous studies have found daily consumption of dark chocolate reduces blood pressure and is good for the heart.

Now scientists have discovered why this happens - and its down to how our guts ferment the fibre in cocoa beans.

Researcher Maria Moore, from Louisiana State University said: 'We 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.'

This naturally forming anti-inflammatory enters the bloodstream and helps protest the heart and arteries from damage.

Bad gut bacteria, such as Clostridia and some strains of Escherichia coli (E.coli) trigger inflammation, leading to bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

The team tested three types of cocoa powder, the raw ingredient used to make chocolate, in an artificial digestive tract consisting of a series of modified test tubes.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education; Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: antiinflammatory; bloodpressure; chocolate; darkchocolate; inflammation; microbes; probiotics
Full Title: Why dark chocolate really IS good for you: Stomach microbes turn cocoa into a natural drug that reduces blood pressure
1 posted on 03/22/2014 8:06:53 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: onedoug

Eat em up yum yum.


2 posted on 03/22/2014 8:21:12 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

LOL, Uncle George is that you?


3 posted on 03/22/2014 8:22:15 AM PDT by mware
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Dark chocolate? Sounds racist s/


4 posted on 03/22/2014 8:23:46 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Nowhere in this article does it say how much! THat opens the door for binging. Truffles, here come I.


5 posted on 03/22/2014 8:30:58 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: max americana

That does it-—I’m moving to New Orleans. You know — Ray Nagin’s ‘chocolate city’.


6 posted on 03/22/2014 8:32:59 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wished dark chocolate wasn’t so bitter or I would go for it.


7 posted on 03/22/2014 8:43:10 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Does Nutella qualify as dark chocolate?


8 posted on 03/22/2014 8:51:38 AM PDT by aquila48 (tota)
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To: wally_bert
It's all about marketing. People like yourself and moi will continue to buy milk chocolate. Nothing wrong with that.

There's some creative marketing going on...Call it Dark chocolate with some good stuff to make it taste better...in reality...call it the semi sweet chocolate chips make over.

9 posted on 03/22/2014 8:55:03 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: wally_bert

Yeah I don’t like dark chocolate either. I really like milk chocolate.


10 posted on 03/22/2014 8:56:05 AM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana
I believe there are now bars with dark chocolate with some sugar and other stuff so it doesn't qualify as milk chocolate.

I'm going to Aldi's. I will buy one of each and let you know how my taste testing turns out...besides "Happy".

11 posted on 03/22/2014 9:07:51 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: aquila48
Does Nutella qualify as dark chocolate?

Only if you eat it at night.

12 posted on 03/22/2014 9:24:49 AM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Cocoa powder, which is what they tested, is miles away from chocolate candy, which is loaded with sugar and fat. So go ahead, scarf down all the cocoa powder you want, provided that it’s processed without sugar. It’s bitter and will get up your nose.

OTOH, there ARE ways to use cocoa powder in healthy foods. Black Bean Brownies for example. I’ll post the recipe, if anyone would like to see it.
They are sweetened with dates. People like them.


13 posted on 03/22/2014 9:29:06 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I'm addicted to Bournville, with occasional binges on Green&Black's dark chocolates approaching 90%.

After eating this stuff, milk chocolate is like sucking on a sugar cube!

14 posted on 03/22/2014 9:37:50 AM PDT by Lovely-Day-For-A-Guinness (Eenie meanie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak....)
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To: Semper911

I do - late at night - with a spoon.


15 posted on 03/22/2014 9:45:03 AM PDT by aquila48 (tota)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Lindt, ‘A Touch of Sea Salt’ 47% dark.

That is all. :)


16 posted on 03/22/2014 9:50:26 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: sheana
Yeah I don’t like dark chocolate either. I really like milk chocolate.

It's an acquired taste. Once you go dark, you never go back.

17 posted on 03/22/2014 10:01:17 AM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: wally_bert

Dip a few slices of BACON in some and enjoy.


18 posted on 03/22/2014 10:04:06 AM PDT by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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To: Veto!

I’d like to see that recipe. Some others might, too. Thanks!


19 posted on 03/22/2014 10:11:31 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Go, Cruz! Go!)
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To: Veto!

I’d go for a black bean brownie recipe.


20 posted on 03/22/2014 10:27:20 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Love it! My favorite treat is Hershey’s special dark chocolate nuggets with almonds ... YUM.


21 posted on 03/22/2014 11:12:59 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: wally_bert
Wished dark chocolate wasn’t so bitter or I would go for it.

Trust me, you need to try this.


22 posted on 03/22/2014 11:18:57 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: mware

23 posted on 03/22/2014 11:55:57 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: definitelynotaliberal; DaxtonBrown

Black Bean Brownies
Makes 16 small squares

2 cups cooked unsalted black beans
10 dates, preferably Medjool but others ok
2-1/2 Tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup natural nonalkalized cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon ground chia seeds

Combine the black beans, dates, almond butter, and vanilla in a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again. Pour into a lightly oiled 8 x 8-inch baking pan.

Bake/dehydrate at 200 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. Cool before cutting into small squares. Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to one week.

Two of the supermarkets in my hood have grind-your-own almond butter stations, also, the bargain market, Winco, has it too. Otherwise a jar the stuff is killer expensive.

This recipe is from the book Super Immunity, by Joel Fuhrman, MD.
I got it from my library.

There are other Black Bean Brownie recipes online.

Enjoy:)


24 posted on 03/22/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: aquila48

No. Nutella is hazelnuts and vegetable oil blech!


25 posted on 03/22/2014 1:29:25 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: afraidfortherepublic


26 posted on 03/22/2014 1:33:58 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: windcliff

“Hello, Uncle George.”


27 posted on 03/23/2014 5:13:53 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: windcliff

For me, dark chocolate tastes terrible.


28 posted on 03/23/2014 12:07:38 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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