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The 7 chocolate bars that could actually be good for your gut health – and the ones to avoid

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THE phrase “gut-friendly foods” tends to conjure images of difficult-to-pronounce kefir, kimchi and kombucha. But it turns out something as simple as a chocolate bar could actually have real benefits when it comes to your insides. According to Dr Megan Rossi, a gut health scientist and dietitian, this is due to plant chemicals known as polyphenols, which are found in certain cocoa-based sweet snacks. They have been found to support the growth of beneficial bacteria, and ultimately help protect against inflammation and illness. Fiber also plays a major role in choccy’s gut-boosting properties. Dr Rossi, founder of The Gut Health Doctor, said: “Cocoa may even influence the growth of certain microbes in our guts.” But not all confectionery is created equally, the expert warned. While some can be advantageous, others can actually worsen your gut health thanks to ingredients like emulsifiers. If you’re reaching for a sugar hit but don’t want to wreak havoc on your stomach, Dr Rossi recommends Lindt Excellence Dark 90%. To learn about more chocolate bars that are good – and bad for your gut, click HERE.

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