Dark Chocolate's Dark Side

Dark Chocolate's Dark Side

By Stephanie Seferian

Thanks to its rich supply of antioxidants, dark chocolate has long been revered for its health benefits. But there's a dark side to dark chocolate: Recent research has found heavy metals in many of our favorite brands. The worst part? These heavy metals - cadmium and lead - are linked to serious health problems including cancer in both children and adults.  Today we round out Chocolate Week with a bang: Dr. Jim Rogers from Consumer Reports discusses what heavy metals in the cacao supply means for regular consumers; he also offers his best tips for shopping smarter and safer the next time we're in the chocolate aisle.  Here's a preview: [2:00] Everything you need to know about cadmium and lead [6:00] Exactly how heavy metals find their ways into the chocolate supply [11:30] Traceability, trust, and responsibility: Addressing the industry's lack of corporate accountability [18:00] Chocolate's best offenders, worst offenders, and every brand in between [20:00] Does 'organic' matter with regard to heavy metals? [22:00] Action steps for concerned chocolate consumers   Resources mentioned: Lead and Cadmium Could Be in Your Dark Chocolate (via Consumer Reports) Sign the petition and tell candy makers to educe risky heavy metals How Ethical Is Your Chocolate? Listen to Part 1 of Chocolate Week here -- * Join our (free!) community here. * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube. * Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.   Our Sponsors:* Thank you to LifeStraw! https://lifestraw.com/Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-content
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