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.
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