Enjoy the goodness of chocolate and probiotics
WHY do people love chocolate so much ? The simplest reason is because it
tastes so good. It contains cocoa butter, which gives it a rich and
creamy consistency with cocoa flavor.
Chocolate is commonly associated with love and romance, and indeed
naturally contains phenylethylamine, the same chemical released in the
brain when people fall in love.
Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains chemicals called
flavonoids, which had been shown to bring several health benefits to the
human body. Flavonoid have anti-oxidant activity that is able to
neutralize free radicals.
"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna
get." This is among the famous quotes related to chocolate in the movie
Forrest Gump, starred by Tom Hanks in 1994.
Chocolate has been incorporated into our daily lives since a long time
ago. It comes in many forms, flavors and may contain nuts and dried
fruits. Now, there is chocolate with probiotics. Just like the quote,
life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
According to the World Health Organization, probiotics is defined as
live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts confer
health benefits on the host.
Probiotics is important in maintaining gastrointestinal health and
enhancing the body's immune functions.
Probiotics have been added into milk and yoghurt or sold in powder,
tablet or capsule form. Probiotics are strain specific, which means that
not all are the same. Different strains of probiotics give different
A clinical study has shown that Bifidobacterium animalis subsp.
Lactis BS01 significantly improves bowel movements. It also improves
the consistency of faeces and eases its expulsion, reducing abdominal
bloating within 30 days.
Wondering why probiotics is combined with healthy dark chocolate ? A
study in Ghent University in Belgium showed that dark chocolate protects
the probitoic bacteria better than milk or yoghurt through the stomach
and intestinal tract. It revealed that the survival percentage of
probitoics coupled with healthy dark chocolate was nearly three times
This combination also protects the probiotics from air, water, heat and
moisture, ensuring more probiotics reach the large intestine to
establish a proper balance of intestinal flora. All growing children,
adults and the elderly, especially those with gut problems such as
diarrhea, bloating, indigestion and hard bowel movement and those with a
poor immune system can benefit from this.