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Is Chocolate Good for Helping Diarrhea?

by
author image Jessica Bruso
Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.
Is Chocolate Good for Helping Diarrhea?
A close-up of bars of dark chocolate with nuts. Photo Credit VladTeodor/iStock/Getty Images

If you feel like you need a treat when you aren't feeling totally up to par, reaching for chocolate may not be a bad idea, as long as you choose the right type of chocolate. Chocolate has been used as a traditional remedy for diarrhea as far back as the 16th century in Latin American countries.

Research Results

A study published in "The Journal of Nutrition" in October 2005 found that the flavonoids in chocolate may help keep your body from secreting excessive fluid, which is what happens when you have diarrhea. For the best results, you'll need to choose dark chocolate because it is the highest in flavonoids. The higher the cocoa content, the more flavonoids a chocolate contains. Milk chocolate could cause diarrhea in those who are lactose-intolerant, however, since it contains some lactose.

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