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Most of us love chocolates, but child labor has been found involved in some of the production. Jupiterimages/ The Image Bank via Getty Images

Some chocolate has a dark side to it – child labor

An anthropologist writes that despite best efforts, there is no guarantee that children may not have been exploited in the production process of chocolate.
Stratford Hall in Westmoreland, Virginia, where enslaved cook and chocolatier Caesar lived and worked in the kitchen. Wikipedia

Oppression in the kitchen, delight in the dining room: The story of Caesar, an enslaved chef and chocolatier in Colonial Virginia

There’s a bittersweet history to chocolate in America. At one plantation museum in Virginia, the story of enslaved chocolatier Caesar shows the oppression that lay behind the elite’s culinary treat.
The amount of cadmium content in cocoa beans depends on the location and soil conditions where the chocolate plant is grown and type of chocolate plant itself. iravgustin/Shutterstock

Chocolate contains cadmium that can increase cancer risk

Chocolate plants can absorb cadmium through their roots and store it in chocolate leaves and seeds. Cadmium levels in processed chocolate depending on the production process and the producers.

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