Skip to comments.Why dark chocolate really IS good for you:
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.
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Eat em up yum yum.
LOL, Uncle George is that you?
Dark chocolate? Sounds racist s/
Nowhere in this article does it say how much! THat opens the door for binging. Truffles, here come I.
That does it-—I’m moving to New Orleans. You know — Ray Nagin’s ‘chocolate city’.
Wished dark chocolate wasn’t so bitter or I would go for it.
Does Nutella qualify as dark chocolate?
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.
Yeah I don’t like dark chocolate either. I really like 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".
Only if you eat it at night.
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.
After eating this stuff, milk chocolate is like sucking on a sugar cube!
I do - late at night - with a spoon.
Lindt, ‘A Touch of Sea Salt’ 47% dark.
That is all. :)
It's an acquired taste. Once you go dark, you never go back.
Dip a few slices of BACON in some and enjoy.
I’d like to see that recipe. Some others might, too. Thanks!
I’d go for a black bean brownie recipe.
Love it! My favorite treat is Hershey’s special dark chocolate nuggets with almonds ... YUM.
Trust me, you need to try this.
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.
No. Nutella is hazelnuts and vegetable oil blech!
“Hello, Uncle George.”
For me, dark chocolate tastes terrible.