Written by Team ParentCircle and published on 24 June 2021.
Chocolate tastes amazing, isn't it! Do you know dark chocolate is loaded with soluble fiber and essential minerals? While some restraint is needed, a little bit of the sweet delight is good for your child. Read on to know more
Have you ever surprised your little one by taking a bar of chocolate out of your pocket and offering it to her? Most children have a sweet tooth and love chocolates. But is eating chocolates healthy for them? Let's find out.
The Mayans considered chocolate to be the 'food of the Gods'. But many parents across the world consider this yummy delight to be a rather sinful indulgence which their children can do without. What if we told you that letting your child have limited quantities of chocolate is not such a bad idea, after all? From instilling positive thoughts to helping them with their math, this guilty pleasure has its surprising benefits.
Here are ways in which your child can benefit from consuming this sweet treat.
The anticipation of having chocolate itself makes children quite giddy with excitement. Once they are done with their meal, treating them with a small square of chocolate will release endorphins, the 'feel-good' chemical and this will keep them content for some time.
If your child is having problems with his math homework, chocolate may be the answer to his problem. Chocolate contains flavanols, which are known to increase blood flow to the brain. In a recent report published in the Telegraph, researchers in the UK found that flavanols improved mathematical skills. Those students who binged on chocolate while solving math problems did them accurately and were less likely to feel tired, the study said.
Chocolate has gained a bad reputation. But dark chocolate is loaded with soluble fiber and many essential minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium and copper. It is also a great source of energy and a moderate amount can give a much-needed boost to your child's energy levels.
Chocolate is known to fight against heart diseases. It contains flavonoids which are antioxidants and help improve the health of the heart. Chocolate is also said to fight against bad cholesterol and so consuming a bit of chocolate once in a while will keep the bad stuff away for a long time.
Do you know that a bar of chocolate can be a stress reliever for your child? Once consumed, the chemicals present in cocoa send a signal to the brain to release dopamine or what is commonly known as 'the happy hormone'. So, after having chocolaty food, your kids would feel happy and relaxed, isn't that what we all parents want?
Chocolate lends itself to creativity and with a little bit of imagination, you can plan some really fun activities around it. So take some of the melted chocolate and create flowers, make toppings for cupcakes or simply make some delicate sculptures using molds. Why not bake him a chocolate cake with delicate designs with melted chocolate? Your child will remember this fun activity for a long time.
Check out this video to get creative with chocolate!
There are no hard and fast rules about the right quantity of chocolate a child can eat. However, chocolate if eaten in reasonable amounts is beneficial to your child mentally as well as physically. Just ensure that your child does not binge on them which can result in problems such as obesity and tooth decay.
It's best to remember that not all chocolates have the goodness of cocoa. So, look for chocolate with higher content of cocoa. You can find different types of chocolates which your kids would love to gorge on. Some of the popular types of chocolates are milk chocolate, slight dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate. Dark chocolates have the highest amount of cocoa in them.
While there is no denying that chocolate tastes amazing, it has to be had in moderation. So the next time at the supermarket, indulge your child with a bar of dark chocolate without fretting!