YOUR WELLNESS
Eating chocolate
by Calvin Trent

Good news for all you expectant mothers out there: eating 30 grams of chocolate every day during pregnancy may benefit fetal (baby) growth and development. This is the conclusion of a new study recently presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal- Fetal Medicine in the USA.

Eating 30 grams of chocolate daily during pregnancy was linked to benefits for fetal growth and development. These results are warmly welcomed by moms-to-be, given the lengthy list of foods women are told to avoid during pregnancy.

While chocolate itself is — thankfully — absent from this “do not eat” list, expectant mothers are recommended against overindulging in the tasty treat due to its fat, sugar and caffeine content.

There are many benefits that may come with moderate chocolate consumption, however. Chocolate contains flavanols — a type of flavonoid — that have been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular (heart) problems and lower cholesterol. The darker the chocolate, the more flavanols it contains.

And, just as a reminder, eat a variety of food everyday. Every fruit, meat, and vegetable has different nutrients!


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