Is it Safe for Children to Eat Chocolate?

Did you know that not all commercial chocolate is the same? In this article we'll tell you which types are safe for children and which you should avoid so as not to damage their health.
Is it Safe for Children to Eat Chocolate?

Last update: 12 August, 2021

Most children love chocolate. However, many nutrition experts warn that not all types on the market are good for their health. Some contain large amounts of added sugars. Here we’ll tell you if it’s really safe for children to eat chocolate.

Before we begin, it’s important to emphasize that children need a varied and balanced diet. It’s essential to ensure that they consume a wide range of foods, in order to reduce the risk of nutrient deficiencies. As such, many foods have their place in the context of a healthy dietary pattern, but not all of them in the same quantity.

Common ingredients in chocolate

In order to analyze whether it’s safe for children to eat chocolate, let’s start by taking a look at the main ingredients that make up this product.

Cocoa

Cocoa is a food of vegetable origin with a bitter taste that has a high concentration of phytonutrients with antioxidant properties. According to a study published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the flavonoids it contains help regulate blood pressure levels.

As such, cocoa is a high-quality food that’s good for our health. So, the cocoa in chocolate is a positive.

Cocoa beans with processed cocoa.
Cocoa contains flavonoids that are beneficial for our health. Many studies have confirmed their effect on blood pressure.


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