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Pregnant? Eat Chocolate

Did you know chocolate’s good for you? No? You haven’t heard that in a gazillion studies? Well, it turns out chocolate, especially the dark stuff (never anything good happening for us milk chocolate lovers), helps ward off a serious pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is when blood pressure spikes while excess protein is released into the urine. Sounds like fun, right? Well, women who ate five or more servings of chocolate each week in their third trimester were 40 percent less likely to develop preeclamsia than those who ate chocolate less than once a week. We recommend Chocolove.

Additionally, a British research company is looking for volunteers who are willing to eat a bar of chocolate every day for a year. The researchers are hoping to find out whether compounds called flavonoids can reduce the risk of heart disease for menopausal women with type 2 diabetes. [Reuters and Reuters]

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