Some of chocolate’s health benefits may trace to ‘bugs’

New study highlights heroics of gut microbes

By Esther Landhuis, 09:47 AM March 21, 2014

Research has shown that dark chocolate can be good for the heart and more. Now scientists report evidence that chocolate might not be acting alone. In some cases, it may get help from bacteria hanging out in your gut. Those bacteria can break down certain compounds in the chocolate. And it’s those smaller molecules that can relax blood vessels to help the heart, a Louisiana team reported March 19 at the American Chemical Society meeting in Dallas, Texas.


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