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The Health Benefits of Chocolate During Pregnancy (Yay!)

Good news, chocolate lovers! According to a study from Yale University, snacking on chocolate regularly during pregnancy can help prevent potentially fatal complications from premature births. Women who reported eating more than three servings of chocolate a week had a 50% reduction in the chance of pre-eclampsia.

It’s thought that theobromine, the chemical in cocoa that taste bitter, helps dilate blood vessels and keeps blood pressure steady. Still, there is some criticism of the study, like whether or not the effects are confined to dark chocolate (do milk and white chocolate provide the same benefits?). But hey, I’m willing to believe anything that encourages more guilt-free chocolate eating.

How much chocolate did you eat while pregnant?

From the Daily Mail.

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    There are so many health benefits from eating chocolate, but definately dark, raw (meaning the cacoa butter hasnt been ruined) and organic. There have been reports of chocolate being contaminated by lead.
    I was interested in this post, because chocolate is one of the highest food sources of magnesium, and of course this is crucial for relaxing muscles and lowering blood pressure and of course a developing baby uses a lot of magnesium.
    Studies show low magnesium levels to be epedemic, but mostly undiagnosed.
    The list of studies showing the health benefits of eating a small amount of dark chocolate are growing rapidly, but of course one must be very careful about the quality of the chocolate, which means raw organic and dark.
    Here’s to a little bit of chocolate every day.. pregnant or not. Cheers!!

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    I wish it were milk chocolate that was found to be beneficial for health….but dark chocolate is better than no chocolate!
    Women are especially careful about what they eat while pregnant so this is good news!

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    I've heard about health benefits of chocolates too!

    One of the studies showed that "people who ate the most chocolate (at least one bar per week) reduced their risk of having a heart attack by 27 per cent. The risk of suffering a stroke was cut by as much as 48 per cent. "

    This was attributed to the compound called flavonols. This flavonol is said to help reduce blood pressure. This is found can be found in cocoa beans so the researcher concluded that dark chocolates exhibits the greatest effects.

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