If you're looking for an excuse to eat more chocolate, this is probably a good reason for a lot of folks, and by the way, this research is not affiliated with any candy companies.
A study led by researchers at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland and published in the October issue of "The Journal of Nutrition" finds that the flavanols in cocoa beans could help ease diarrhea. Dark chocolate in particular contains high concentrations of the flavanols.
Of course, researchers say you don't want to over-indulge in chocolate for weight reasons, but they are hopeful that chocolate could someday lead to a natural treatment for diarrhea. For more than a year, scientists tested cocoa extract and flacon in cell cultures that mimic the lining of the intestine. All of the cultures ended up with lower fluid levels, leading researchers to their conclusion.