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"Good" gut microbes revealed as the key to dark chocolate's health benefits

•, By Darren Quick
 Although various studies have backed this up, the exact reason as to why this is so has remained a mystery. Now researchers from Louisiana State University have provided the answer – gut microbes.

Presenting their findings at the 27th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the researchers revealed that, unlike so-called "bad" bacteria in the gut, such as some Clostridia and some E. coli, that are associated with inflammation and can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation, "good" bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feed on dark chocolate to produce anti-inflammatory compounds.

John Finley, Ph.D., who led the world-first research into the effects of dark chocolate on the various types of bacteria in the stomach, says that when these anti-inflammatory compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the long-term risk of stroke by reducing the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue.

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