It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
Dark chocolate may help the heart and waistline. Now scientists have figured out one reason why: Bacteria in the gut turn cocoa into compounds that lower inflammation and make us feel full.
A study that seems to suggest a daily cocoa habit helps aid the brain doesn’t actually tell us much. But don’t fret, chocoholics. Other research offers more promising evidence of the health benefits of chocolate.
Antioxidants in foods may have health benefits, but it’s not one size fits all. Having a diet high in overall antioxidant levels didn’t prevent stroke and dementia in one recent study, although eating more vitamin C and E specifically did seem to help.