Sweet Deal

chocbasil_2.jpg

Apparently there is a link between eating quality chocolate during the third trimester and a decreased risk of developing preeclampsia. This article makes it sound good to me. So I will be increasing my chocolate consumption in the next four months. For health reasons, you know.

“Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in a chemical called theobromine, which stimulates the heart, relaxes smooth muscle and dilates blood vessels, and has been used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries, Dr. Elizabeth W. Triche of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and colleagues write.”
“Women who ate five or more servings of chocolate each week in their third trimester of pregnancy were 40 percent less likely to develop preeclampsia than those who ate chocolate less than once a week.”
“Theobromine could improve circulation within the placenta while blocking oxidative stress, or it could also be a stand-in for other beneficial chemicals found in chocolate, Triche and her team note in the May issue of Epidemiology.”

This is sweet news, and a great way to justify my eating 5 serving of chocolate a week. Yup FIVE. Green&Black organic dark chocolate please, with at least 65% cacao, thank you.

Advertisements

~ by gdesign on April 29, 2008.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: