Admit: at this point in your life, nobody needs to tell you to eat more chocolate and drink more wine. But, then again, it's always comforting when another scientific study comes along and claims stuffing your face with such foods (aka Tuesday night) might come with actual health benefits. This time, new research suggests consuming things you already love like chocolate, red wine, and coffee could be great for your gut.
As explained in a report by The Washington Post, researchers in Belgium and the Netherlands have published two new studies that offer a comprehensive look at the microbiome of the human gut, or rather, the microorganisms that live in your digestive system. Interestingly, after studying the poop of thousands of volunteers, the scientists found links between certain bacteria and lifestyle factors, but especially what the people eat. Eating certain foods, they said, results in a more diverse population of bacteria in your gut, which ultimately makes you healthier.