Study Claims Chocolate Eases Preeclampsia - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/30/08

Study Claims Chocolate Eases Preeclampsia

Here is some diet advice that all pregnant women have been waiting for: a new study from Yale finds that women who ate five or more servings of chocolate each week during their third trimester were 40% less likely to develop preeclampsia - a serious complication of pregnancy marked by high blood pressure.

Researchers think the key is a chemical in chocolate called theobromine, which may improve circulation.  Dark chocolate is particularly rich in theobromine.

The study included 2,291 pregnant women who delivered a single child between September 1996 and January 2000 and was published in the May 2008 edition of Epidemiology.  Researchers also studied theobromine concentrations in umbilical cords.

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