I have always thought it important to understand both the why and how behind health claims. Here's a yummy little health tip summarized from the NYTimes.
If studies are correct, we get the following great health benefits from undigested cocoa (the cocoa that your body does not absorb fully after consuming) :
1. Reduced cardiac inflammation with the help of gut bacteria (that break down metabolites
2. Improved Cholesterol levels by substances released by fermented cocoa fiber
3. Increased amount of "good" gut microbes (probiotics) like lactobacillus, and a decline in less-salutary microbes like staphylococcus
So what are some smart ways to get the benefits of cocoa in your diet and stay toned and lean?
Add a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder into oatmeal or a handful of cocoa nibs — Bits of the cacao bean, available at natural-food stores — would be better for you than a highly processed Nestle or Hershey bar.
http://nyti.ms/1f8BJlW NYTimes: Why Chocolate Is Good for Us