More often than not we encounter clients who have gut problems no doubt caused by our country’s poor eating epidemic. It seems like more and more research is proving it does not matter how hard we work out if we do not monitor what we put in our mouth. We hear a lot of complaints and sighs when we announce this to our training clients. However, what if we told you that eating one of your favorite foods has been linked to good gut health! Yes it is true there is a sweet way to tune up your gut. Dark chocolate eaten in moderation has been shown to be beneficial. By no means are we saying you should head to the nearest ice cream shop and order a dark chocolate sundae. Obviously, these studies are based strictly on samples of dark chocolate in its purest form.
The American Chemical Society recently reported that certain bacteria in the stomach feast on dark chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart. There are “good” and “bad” bacteria in the gut and the “good” bacteria such as lactic acid or bifidobacterium feast on chocolate and therefore grow and ferment it into this beneficial anti-inflammatory compound when you eat it. The bad bacteria in the gut actually cause inflammation and can cause gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. These include some Clostridia and some E Coli strains.
Bottom Line: When your good bacteria are greater and stronger it lessens the side effects and health risks of the bad gut bacteria.
There have also been many studies citing more health benefits of eating dark chocolate if combined with solid fruits like pomegranates and acai. So satisfy your sweet tooth by eating these recommended desserts in moderation to fight bad gut bacteria and inflammation!