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BEWARE: These 10 Popular Chocolate Brands Allegedly Tested High For Lead!

A South Californian health watchdog group has suggested that some of the chocolate brands we all know and love contain dangerous amounts of heavy metals. 

Health watchdog group As You Sow, based in South California blew the whistle on the toxic chocolate based on a survey it conducted which found some chocolate brands contain as much as 9 times the ‘safe’ daily amount of lead for adults.

The scary thing is that while many of us adults have resigned ourselves to the fact that we can’t stuff our faces with bars and bars of chocolate, kids haven’t necessarily reached that point – every kid loves chocolate but there is no documented safe level of lead for children.

Lead overexposure can lead to reduced IQ and neurological damage as well as damage to the reproductive system. The clinic also reports that even small amounts can cause serious health problems.

Although  the report won’t disclose exactly how much lead was found in the chocolate brands they tested, they did release a list of several chocolate brands that contain the deadly toxin.

The Brands To Avoid:

  •     Alfred Ritter’s Ritter Sport 73% Cocoa Fine Extra Dark Chocolate from Ecuador
  •     Endangered Species Chocolate’s Natural Dark Chocolate with 88% Cocoa
  •     Equal Exchange’s Organic & Fairly Traded Dark Chocolate Very Dark
  •     Godiva Chocolatier’s 85% Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate
  •     Hershey’s Dagoba Organic Chocolate Eclipse Extra Strong Dark Chocolate
  •     Lake Champlain Chocolates’ Dark Chocolate Organic
  •     Lindt & Sprungli’s Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate Bar
  •     Mars’ Dove Eggs Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth
  •     See’s Candies’ Premium Extra Dark Chocolate Bar 62% Cacao
  •     Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value Organic Dark Chocolate Coconut 56% Cacao

CNN actually reached out to many of the manufacturers who are on the list. Many of them have disputed these allegations. 

One of the largest companies and chocolate confectioners in the world, the Hershey Company, said the following:

“People have been eating cocoa and chocolate safely for centuries. Consumers can rest assured that our products are safe, and that our industry adheres to all government regulations.”

The Natural Confectioners Association stated:

“Some minerals – like cadmium and lead – are found naturally in many foods, including seafood, peanuts, potatoes, grains, leafy vegetables and – sometimes – cocoa beans. Cocoa-based foods are consumed in small amounts and are not a major source of these minerals in the diet.”

Despite this, independent studies have found that chocolate has some of the highest lead concentrations of any food in our diet. 

The average American eats 11 pounds of chocolate annually.

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