Should we be worried about the lead levels in chocolate?
Recently goose canada, there has been some debate about the presence of lead in chocolate. Should we stop devouring our favorite chocolate treats or can we sit back, relax and enjoy one more piece (the last one, we swear!)?
Fact: chocolate contains lead.
Another fact: so do other foods, air, soil, dust and water.
Lead is a naturally occurring metal found in rock and soil, and, as such, can be found in cocoa plants.
The question is, what amount of lead in our candy becomes harmful to our bodies?
<img class="wp-image-1914 alignright" src="https://genauva.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lead-chocolate.jpg" alt="lead-chocolate" width="181" height="272" srcset="http://www.genauva.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lead-chocolate.jpg 1388w, http://www.genauva.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lead-chocolate-267×400.jpg 267w, http://www.genauva.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lead-chocolate-768×1151.jpg 768w, http://www.genauva.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/lead-chocolate-683×1024.jpg 683w" sizes="(max-width: 181px) 100vw canada goose, 181px” />CNN journalist Nadia Kounang points out that “when it comes specifically to chocolate, FDA regulations say no more than .1 parts per million of lead in a piece of chocolate. If you broke up a candy bar into a million pieces, just one-tenth of one those million pieces could be lead.”
The recommended maximum limit in the US for lead in candy that is likely to be consumed by small children (including milk chocolate) is 0.1 mg/kg. For other cocoa and chocolate products no maximum level is determined.
Nevertheless, the lead levels in Belgium’s premium quality Genauva chocolate is far below the recommended maximum limit, as the following table demonstrates.
So, as always, moderation is key! We’ll still have that one last piece now, though. ????