Chocolate May Promote Friendly Gut Bacteria and Reduce Inflammation
Several studies demonstrate that cocoa increases the number friendly gut bacteria and reduce inflammation in the intestine.
A team of scientists from the Department of Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Reading, UK, measured higher levels of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species in the intestines of human volunteers who drank chocolate milk for 4 weeks.
Previously, this team demonstrated that components in cocoa can reduce the growth of Clostridium histoluticum bacteria, that are found in the guts of those people who suffer from bowel disease.
Unsweetened cocoa powder or dark chocolate with the high content of cocoa are the closest options to the cocoa used in these studies.
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