Pregnant Women Urged to Eat Chocolate

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, was the one thing I craved during my last pregnancy. I hoarded candy bars in my nightstand drawer, especially Ritter Sport marzipan and nougat flavors, and ate at least one square a day, often more. I did hear somewhere that eating chocolate at bedtime could help with insomnia. Now a study from Yale University shows it may reduce your risk of preeclampsia:

Women who eat chocolate at least five times a week are up to 40% less likely to develop preeclampsia than those who ate it less than once a week.

Of course now that I’m not pregnant it doesn’t work as an excuse. I’ll have to stick with the insomnia for now. Not that one really needs an excuse for chocolate. (Why no, there are no dark chocolate Dove bars in my drawer, that’s just your imagination.)

via Alicia at Fructus Ventris

Update:

Danielle Bean has information about another chocolate health benefit study.

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