If you love chocolate, there is some delicious news for you. Research studies have shown that the antioxidants in cocoa can lower your risk of colon cancer, which is one of the leading causes of death in America. Not only that, cocoa is seen to protect you from other insidious intestinal problems, too.
In a 2012 study by the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition, (ICTAN) in Spain, the raw material in cocoa was seen to reduce aberrant cells that cause cancer of the colon.
Cocoa is one of the richest sources of phenolic compounds, which have been seen to have impressive benefits in treating cardiovascular disease as well as certain cancers. The flavonoids in cocoa are concentrated in the intestines, where they are able to neutralize many disease-causing oxidants.
Just make sure you eat dark chocolate with a minimum 70 per cent cocoa content. Milk chocolate not only has low concentrations of polyphenols, but also contains high amounts of sugar, which has many harmful effects.
Another smart way to enjoy cocoa without the bitterness is to blend it with fruit smoothies and shakes.