Is This the Best News Ever for Pregnant Women?

Meghan Rooney
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As the list of off-limit foods and drinks (namely: coffee and wine) for expectant mothers seems to grow at the same rate as their bellies, Parents.com shared a recent study out of Canada that revealed exciting news that could sweeten the deal. Researchers at the Université Laval in Québec City have discovered that consuming chocolate during pregnancy is actually beneficial for both mom and baby.

The study suggests that chocolates high in flavanol—antioxidant-rich nutrients found naturally in cocoa—can help with fetal growth and may boost placenta efficiency, as well as help prevent preeclampsia, which causes high blood pressure and can be dangerous during pregnancy. 

Researchers surveyed 129 women with single pregnancies between 11 and 14 weeks. All of the women consumed about 30 grams (a third of a bar) daily for 12 weeks but some of the women consumed low-flavanol chocolates, while others were given high-flavanol alternatives. The study concluded that both groups showed improved uterine, placental, and fetal circulations suggesting that chocolate's benefits may not be solely linked to the flavanol content.

Learn more about the benefits of chocolate for expectant mothers over at Parents.com.

Pregnant or not, dig into our favorite chocolates from Compartés.

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