Happy news: The exact reason why dark chocolate is healthy
What better day to share some happy health news than today, the International Day of Happiness (and the first day
What better day to share some happy health news than today, the International Day of Happiness (and the first day of spring)?
And, IMHO, there’s no better news than a study that supports my constant pregnancy cravings for chocolate.
We all know that dark chocolate has lots of health benefits, but the exact reason hasn’t been clear – until now.
New research, presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, shows that when we eat dark chocolate, our good gut bacteria turns it into anti-inflammatory compounds. ‘When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing the long-term risk of stroke,’ lead study author John Finley said in a press release.
It’s not just good for our hearts, either. Previous studies have shown that it could be good for our brain health – and even be as effective as prescription mood drugs!
So go ahead and celebrate this happy day with a square or two of your favourite dark chocolate.
Personally, I’m looking at this study from 2008, that shows a chemical found in dark chocolate may reduce preeclampsia, a major pregnancy complication. If it’s keeping my baby safe, who am I to argue with the experts?
Oh, happy day.
-Katharine Watts, associate web editor
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