Let’s be honest: the last time you said no to chocolate was never.
But believe it or not, that might not be as bad as you think: contrary to its too-yummy-to-be-good-for-you taste, chocolate actually holds some significant health benefits, including antioxidants and flavonoids. But don’t get too far ahead of yourself, now: that same chocolate-y bite you like to indulge in now and then could also be hiding some horrendous heavy metals that are setting your insides up for a deadly battle with cancer!
The reason for this, according to ConsumerLab, is that a number of leading brands of chocolate bars and powders hold virulent amounts of cadmium and lead. Both of these ingredients have been seen to be potential cancer-causers!
If you want to help lower your risk of exposure to these two cancer-causing agents (and who’s going to say they don’t want to?), take a look at four of the most contaminated varieties of your favorite after-dinner indulgences below:
1. Sunfood Raw Cacao
This crazy cocoa carries 1.52 mcg of cadmium in each gram of chocolate, serving as the highest concentration of cadmium you’ll find on your grocery store shelves. Not only that, but this chocolate even ranked third for the highest amount of lead!
2. Trader Joe’s Cocoa Powder Unsweetened
Don’t let the “unsweetened” descriptor fool you; this is one of the cheapest cocoa powders, and for good reason. Trader Joe’s Cocoa Powder had the second-greatest amount of cadmium seen in chocolate samples, with 1.3 micrograms in each gram. Not only that, but ConsumerLabs says that it had less than the average amount of flavonoid concentration.
3. Nestle Toll House Cocoa
With 1.3 micrograms of cadmium in every gram of this chocolate-y chunk, Nestle Toll House cocoa has more than the World Health Organization’s suggested amount of daily exposure. What’s more, it also carried some lead!
4. Ghiradelli 100% Unsweetened Cocoa
While this was the only cocoa powder that didn’t carry reprehensible amounts of cadmium, researchers did see a bit of lead. Not only that, but this powder even offered the lowest amounts of antioxidants of all cocoa powders tested!
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