The Margin: Pregnant women and young kids may want to avoid dark chocolate, new study warns

by | Dec 17, 2022 | Stock Market

Here’s some not-so-sweet news for candy lovers: A new study by Consumer Reports (CR) found that several dark-chocolate bars on the market contain levels of heavy metals — specifically, lead and cadmium — that could pose health risks. Among the products cited for their high levels of lead and/or cadmium metals are ones manufactured by such brands and retailers as Hershey’s
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Godiva, Lindt, Theo Chocolate and Trader Joe’s, according to Consumer Reports, which used California’s maximum allowable dose level (MADL) for lead and cadmium as the basis for its report.

Consumer Reports stated, “We used those levels because there are no federal limits for the amount of lead and cadmium most foods can contain, and CR’s scientists believe that California’s levels are the most protective available.”  So for example, the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate bar had 127% of the maximum allowable dose level of lead and 229% of the level of cadmium. In a similar range, Theo Chocolate’s Organic Extra Dark Pure Dark Chocolate had 140% of the level of lead and 189% of the level of cadmium. While dark chocolate has been hailed in recent years for its healthy attributes, stemming from the fact that it’s rich in antioxidants, there’s also been concern about its metal content. CR noted that, “Consistent, long-term exposure to even small amounts of heavy metals can lead to a variety of health problems. The danger is greatest for pregnant people and young because the metals can cause developmental problems, affect brain development, and lead to lower IQ.” CR explained that there’s less of an issue with milk chocolate because dark chocolate, b …

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