To deprive yourself of chocolate during pregnancy? Surely not, and even on the contrary because it has virtues for future moms! So, crunch and crack ... but in small doses and for dark chocolate.
Pregnant: the virtues of chocolate
- Beneficial effects for the placenta and baby's development. A study conducted in Canada in February 2016 confirmed that eating chocolate during pregnancy is allowed ... and even recommended. This food would have beneficial effects for the functioning of the placenta and the growth of the future baby, improving the blood circulation of the latter.
- Anti pre-eclampsia action. Another virtue in pregnant women, it would reduce the risk of occurrence of pre-eclampsia, a disease related to hypertension in late pregnancy. A "good" action due to theobromine present in chocolate, especially black. It is also she who gives chocolate its bittersweet taste and its stimulating effects.
- A boost for transit. Chocolate also reduces the risk of constipation, one of the common ailments during pregnancy, because it contains fiber. Its antioxidants also protect the intestinal mucosa.
- A good mood action. Magnesium and tryptophans, amino acids found in chocolate, stimulate serotonin and endorphin, which is the source of good mood. A small square of dark chocolate, nothing to fight against stress.
A small square ... but not the tablet!
- Chocolate has positive effects but beware of excess! It can also trigger seizures if you are prone to migraines and it contains caffeine that stimulates the nervous system and can cause insomnia. Caffeine is also not recommended in case of hypertension. The ideal is to limit to 30 g of dark chocolate a day.
- Crack, bite ... for dark chocolate. Dark chocolate with 70% cocoa is the only true friend of future mothers. Milk chocolate, white or chocolate bars contain less cocoa and are therefore less beneficial ... with a risk in addition to weight gain because they contain fats and more sugar than dark chocolate.
Recipe ideas around chocolate
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