I've heard conflicting views on whether high cocoa content chocolate is something that pregnant women can and should enjoy.
The various health benefits of chocolate are pretty well documented (not least of all here on the site and in the CCC newsletter) but does cocoa pose any dangers to pregnant mothers and their unborn babies?
If anyone has any fact based opinion on this (for and against)
i'd love to hear what you have to say.
Look forward to hearing from you all,
It's a pretty unscientific study in some respects, but interesting nonetheless. In general, I'm not aware of any reasons to specifically avoid chocolate, but as the article mentions it does have a reasonable high caloric index, gram for gram, so you wouldn't want to eat nothing but 🙂
April 29, 2004
there is a (theoretical) problem with cadmium, like Alex said. Pregnant woman have higher cadmium load and some chocolate bars have very much cadmium. Taking one of this bars every day can bring problems with to much cadmium. The problem with chocolate is, that you don't know how much cadmium a bar contains, because in the EU it's not written on the bar.
But cadmium can only be a problem for pregnant woman who eat much chocolate. And I don't know if this is only a problem for the woman or for the baby too.
By the way: I'm looking for information what factors lead to a high cadmium concentration in chocolate. It's sure that the most important part is the soil. But makes the sort of cocoa also a difference?
April 29, 2004
Originally posted by alex_h
this is a little off-topic but check this out, arne: [url="http://www.seventypercent.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=812&SearchTerms=cadmium"]cadmium in chocolate[/url].
l am a chocolatier & have a 4 year old son & another on the way.
When l was first pregnant my midwife always said that chocolate esp dark will give you a very contented baby, as when you eat chocolate it realeases ' happy hormones'. well it was true!! (but mainly down to luck) will tell you if it worked again when l have number 2 in December.
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