Some people think chocolate is in its own separate food group. I personally think, as do many others, that it is an ‘essential’ superfood and that life would just not be the same without it. Chocolate, derived from cocoa beans, has a long and interesting history. The word cacao has changed over the years to cocoa, and was taken originally from the Mayan and Aztec languages.
Our sedentary, food-abundant circumstances may be a by-product of our ‘success’ as a society, and our nutrient, emotional and spiritual deficiencies a result of our hectic lifestyles – but they clearly create imbalances, gaps and voids in our lives, often leading to overeating and obesity.
Optimal nutrition during pregnancy is the best way of promoting your baby’s growth and development. While the basic principles of healthy eating are the much the same as when you are not pregnant, a few nutrients deserve special attention. Adele Pelteret takes a look at the ones at the top of the list.