Dark Chocolate is Not Healthy –

It Contains Lead

Processed Chocolate Contains Dangerous Lead Concentrations, Study Says

As if the sugar content wasn’t reason enough to stay away from processed chocolate. A study, in Environmental Health Perspectives, reveals that chocolate can be contaminated with very high quantities of lead. What’s interesting is that cocoa beans tested had an average lead concentration of less than 0.5 ng/g, “one of the lowest reported values for a natural food,” the study points out.

But, by contrast, “lead concentrations of manufactured cocoa and chocolate products were as high as 230 and 70 ng/g.”

In fact, a team of American and Nigerian researchers found that lead levels in raw cocoa beans were 60 times lower than lead levels observed in processed chocolate products, the Chicago Tribune reports. Talk about a worrisome statistic.

Researchers suspect that this lead contamination doesn’t come from the producer but rather during the shipping and/or manufacturing of the cocoa beans into cocoa and chocolate products. For example, they speculate that one source of contamination of the processed, finished chocolates might be atmospheric emissions of leaded gasoline.

“Because of the high capacity of cocoa bean shells to absorb lead, contamination from leaded gasoline emissions may occur during the fermentation and sun-drying of unshelled beans at cocoa farms.” Regardless of the source of contamination, “there is no excuse for a product that is about to be consumed by children to contain lead, period,” Dr. John Rosen, a pediatrician and lead program director at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, told the Chicago Tribune.

Lead exposure is dangerous, particularly to children. For example, it can lead to permanent developmental deficits.

High lead levels can harm a child’s ability to think, plan, organize and memorize, Rosen explained. “And lower levels of lead may produce intellectual deficits that are with a child forever.”

Read more of the great health problems with chocolate here.

The alternative is to eat healthy food, so your brain does not crave addictive chemicals. Get a diet makeover. Ask your library to get a copy of You’re not Fat, You’re Toxic.

Source – http://www.wellsphere.com/healthy-eating-article/processed-chocolate-contains-dangerous-lead-concentrations-study-says/533819

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