Chocolate is probably the world’s most favourite food. Kids love it, parents love it. It is an instant cure when you are stressed, in a bad mood, sad or simply bored. Happy vibes are generated in no time with a bit of chocolate.
Chocolate has gotten some bad press in the past depending on who paid for the research. The ideas range from support of extreme chocolate consumption to claims that chocolate is a killer. The “research” has confused parents and made some very unhappy chocolate bereft children.
Chocolate is a very ancient food. Chocolate is like any other food. Moderation is the key to eating chocolate. You cannot eat a pound of chocolate a day, get no exercise, and expect no bad health consequences.
Chocolate has numerous health benefits. Parents should probably not tell their children about these. Wait to tell your children until they are old enough to understand some things about nutrition and how the body works. It is just human nature to rebel. We avoid what is “good” for us.
Chocolate has a high concentration of flavonoids. These are antioxidants. That means chocolate is good for your heart and cardiovascular system if it is dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% and above. The flavonoids also have anti-inflammatory effects that can help prevent diabetes. There is a common misconception that eating chocolate causes diabetes in children. According to the American Diabetes Association, “the key to sweets is to have a very small portion and save them for special occasions so you focus your meal on more healthful foods”.
Chocolate produces the release of a hormone that makes not only children have a good mood. The effect is nearly instantaneous and the smell of chocolate itself is already relaxing. You can make your home a bit more pleasant and avoid overly grumpy children or parents with a bit of chocolate. It sweetens the mood due to the tryptophan content in chocolate.
Brands like Kinder offer a large variety for children that are appealing to the taste and attractively packaged. The Kinder Surprise eggs are famous throughout the world as a chocolate surprise for children with a hidden toy inside. Kids love chocolate in any shape or form. It could be a chocolate bar, chocolate spread, a hot chocolate or chocolate frosting.
How to choose the right chocolate for your kids is simple. Pick real chocolate and choose dark chocolate, when possible. It is healthier than other forms of chocolate, as it has lesser amounts of sugar, milk and other additives. You can order chocolate online for your convenience. Be certain that your children are not allergic to any ingredients in the candy or cookies.
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