Good News for Chocolate Lovers: Cocoa Fights Colon Cancer

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.

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70 comments

Briony Coote
Briony C.2 years ago

I make chocolates at Easter, Halloween and Christmas, and always use dark chocolate. So I help lower the risk of colon cancer too?

Elsie Hovav
Elsie Hovav2 years ago

now that is good news.

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K.2 years ago

Enjoy chocolate so this isn't such a big problem for me..lol . Thanks.

Chazz York
Chazz York2 years ago

I confess! I am a chocolate lover. Did you know that Unsweetened chocolate is great for taste and even color in Pasta Sauces, Chili, Sloppy Joe's, and a great number of other foods. Chocolate actually helps spices to blend and mellow. All the flavor and less unsatisfying bite. It can also make our tomato based sauces look richer and darker red. I love it in candy and everything else. And for those who wonder, No it does not leave the food tasting like chocolate bars, Icing, or what have you.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

Denise Morley
Denise Morley2 years ago

Welcome news, thanks :)

Lin G.
Lin G.2 years ago

thanks

Cindy W.
Cindy W.2 years ago

Good news for me. I eat a few squares of organic dark chocolate every day (usually 85%).

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago

ty

Diane C.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank for this--the day was going well anyway, but this is really the icing on the cake! Time to go protect myself by eating chocolate!!!