Researchers Suggest Chocolates Help Combat Cancer

Researchers Suggest Chocolates Help Combat CancerA group of researchers at the Science and Technology Institute of Food and Nutrition in Spain has recently found that consumption of large amount of cocoa can help in preventing the risk of development of bowel cancer. It is being said by the team that the food such as cocoa can prove highly helpful in fighting disease.

The team suggests that eating high content of cocoa can help in reducing intestinal complaints that are made due to oxidative stress. They told the reporters that cocoa is rich in polyphenols, which plays a vital part in protecting against cancer.

As per the report, the team conducted a research on rats to find out if or not consumption of cocoa helps to them to fight bowel cancer. Some of the rats were given 12% of cocoa for eight weeks daily while the others were provided with a diet without cocoa content. Eight weeks later, all of the rats were exposed to a tumour-causing chemical known as azoxymethane. It is used for inducing colon cancer, told the team.

After the research, it was noticed by the team that the rats that had cocoa diet were developing comparatively less number of pre-cancerous lesions as against those who were not given cocoa at all.

However, it is being opposed by Sarah Williams, a spokesperson from Cancer Research UK that the study has not yet proved that it could help humans also to protect against disease as the research was done on rats. But, a previous research had found that cocoa consumption is helpful in controlling diabetes, heart disease and blood pressure. Also, cocoa consumption by rats helped them to fight bowel cancer as per the latest research.

Thus, Maria Arribas, who is the lead author of the study, said, "Foods like cocoa, which is rich in polyphenols, seems to play an important role in protecting against disease".