Dark chocolate may be good for us by being hard to digest

04/24/2014 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Dark chocolate and its flavonols have been found to have health benefits, but new research from Louisiana State University and Virginia Tech has found the reason may be that it is hard to digest. Louisiana State University researchers found that the stomach and small intestine broke down some of the cocoa powder, which accounts for the previously known benefits of cocoa's flavonols. The colon broke down the cocoa matter further, which provided cardiac benefits like reduced inflammation. The remaining cocoa matter, mostly fiber at this point, began to ferment and release cholesterol-improving substances. Virginia Tech discovered similar findings.

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