Nov 18, 2009

Dark Chocolate - Benefits During Pregnancy

Much has been said about the health benefits of dark chocolate...I have shared before how my grandfather was a chocolate lover, and even though back in his day, he was told he shouldn't eat it after having an ulcer, he did, and managed to live a long and wonderful life, until he was 97, in fact his birthday was or would have been last week. I don't recommend going against your doctors wishes if you're told not to eat chocolate, but more and more information is coming out about it's health benefits.

Now there is research that
dark chocolate for pregnancy may not be such a bad thing...in fact a GOOD thing. At Yale University a Dr. Elizabeth Triche did a study with the help of her colleagues and 2,291 pregnant women who gave birth between 1996 and 2000. One of the components of chocolate that can be tested in the umbilical cords of these women is the obromine...it was found that the women who ate the most chocolate in their 1st and 2nd trimesters were less likely to develop pre-eclampsia. This study can be found in this months publication of the "Epidemiology" journal.

So, pregnant women, with your doctor's permission of course, you can indulge yourself in your favorite treat and be doing some good for your pregnancy...and Intentional Chocolate would like you to consider their high-quality brand. If you are eating it for health benefits, you want the quality to be exceptional! 


Updated 3/22/16

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