Thursday, May 01, 2008

Pregnant? Eat Chocolate!

Pregnant? Want to avoid complications?

Eat chocolate.

Indulging in chocolate during pregnancy could help ward off a serious complication known as preeclampsia, new research suggests.

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in a chemical called theobromine, which stimulates the heart, relaxes smooth muscle and dilates blood vessels, and has been used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries, Dr. Elizabeth W. Triche of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and colleagues write.

So go ahead. Order that sundae with theobromine.
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