Effects of Chocolate Consumption

Effectsof Chocolate Consumption

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Effectsof Chocolate Consumption on Expectant Women and the Unborn Child

Didyou know that chocolate contains some essential mineral substancessuch as Theobroma cacao Phyto-complex that are splendid for expectantwomen`s health? Flavonoids are part of the polyphenols that arerandomly distributed in the plants and are common in many daily dietsand plants such as cocoa (Di et al., 2012). The consumption of foodsrich in these mineral supplements would assist in boosting the healthof the pregnant women and their fetus. Cocoa flavonoids enhance theproper functioning of the heart, prevention of low-densitylipoprotein oxidation and reduction of cholesterol concentrations inthe blood stream (Di et al., 2012).A generous intake of high-coca-content chocolate can be an adequatesource of dietary supplements that assist in improving the bloodpressure and other biochemical aspects of the pregnant women

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DiRenzo, G. C., Brillo, E., Romanelli, M., Porcaro, G., Capanna, F.,Kanninen, T. T., … &amp Clerici, G. (2012). Potential effects ofchocolate on human pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. TheJournal of Maternal-Fetal &amp Neonatal Medicine, 25(10), 1860-1867.

Thisrandomized control experiment used two groups of pregnant women A,who ate chocolate supplements with about 70% of cocoa content and Bwho did not ingest. The primary outcomes of the study included theSystolic and Diastolic Blood Pressure (BP) patterns. After a brieffollow-up, Group A had statistically significant low Systolic BP thanGroup B (F1, 594 = 31,60, p &lt 0.0001). There was a lower butsignificant variation in the Diastolic BP levels between the twosample groups (F1, 594 = 4,13, p = 0.0426).

However,Group A developed iron deficiency anemia compared to Group B duringthe experiment. Despite the high iron content of the chocolate, it ispossible that this mineral was not absorbed in the body meaning thatchocolate cannot adequately provide all the mineral supplements itcontains.

Thisstudy provides adequate information about the effectiveness ofchocolate for the health of the expectant women. Though it containssome essential minerals for the well-being of the pregnant women,chocolate is not reliable in providing mineral supplements such asiron.

Thisarticle was derived from “The Journal of Maternal-Fetal &ampNeonatal Medicine” while Google Scholar was used in making thecorrect citation format.

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DiRenzo, G. C., Brillo, E., Romanelli, M., Porcaro, G., Capanna, F.,Kanninen, T. T., … &amp Clerici, G. (2012). Potential effects ofchocolate on human pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. TheJournal of Maternal-Fetal &amp Neonatal Medicine, 25(10), 1860-1867.