Imagine this, you get in the lift with your little one, in enters the friendly neighbor and on spotting your child she goes, “Aww! Aren’t you a cute little girl? Here have a chocolate”, and that’s how the day begins for your child. Kids are by default cute little people! The very moment, one of them so much as smiles at you, you melt like a gooey chocolate and end up offering them chocolate.
Ask yourself how many times have you seen a kid and on impulse gifted them with chocolate, plenty of times right? The same applies to your child, no matter how hard you try to supervise their intake of chocolate, well meaning ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ are going to keep on bombarding them with chocolate. This ensures that they somehow end up eating more chocolate than you would like them to! Sad but true.
But have you ever stopped to wonder how much of chocolate you! Yes. You are giving to your child? Don’t be shocked, but most of the chocolate that your child eats comes from within the family itself!
How Am I giving my kid, chocolate?
You may not realize, but even the ‘No Candy’ rule does not deter kids from gobbling up their beloved chocolate! Especially, when you are the one who is providing them with their chocolate! Following are the ways in which you might be unknowingly slipping them chocolate,
Chocos - You would want to start your child’s day chocolate free, yet chocolate flavored chocos somehow find their way in your child’s cereal bowl which he has for breakfast! ‘What’s wrong with Chocos?’ You ask, well here’s what wrong them! Not only do these chocos contain a high level of cocoa i.e. chocolate, they also have a very high sugar content!
Chocolate flavored Health drinks – Which parent doesn’t want their children to drink milk? None right! But when the children begin turning their noses at the yucky taste of milk, you jump right ahead and give them a chocolate flavored health drink! Thereby, adding to their chocolate intake quotient for the day.
Chocolate biscuits – Biscuits are the one way that you can ensure that your child will not be eating junk food! You try and avoid giving them the cream filled one’s opting for the chocolate chip or chocolate flavored biscuits, in this whole bargain, you end up giving them all the more chocolate and sugar with it too!
Chocolate Burfi’s and chocolate cakes – Festive seasons and special occasions call for the undeniably sweet chocolate burfi to be distributed and eaten. This delicious form of Mithai is known to have a cocoa and sugar content, plus its hugely preferred over the other non-chocolate Mithai’s by kids! Birthdays especially, see the entry of your nightmare or the chocolate cake as some prefer to call it. Cake being a huge favorite with kids, is gobbled up within no time and so is the cocoa and sugar along with it!
Chocolate Ice Creams – Wouldn’t you love it, if your kid ate all sorts of ice creams like coconut, sitaphal, anjeer… etc instead of gravitating towards chocolate ice creams? Sadly, kids being kids, they will do the exact opposite and dive headlong into the chocolate filled Sundae’s or Chocochip chocolate ice-cream… be it whatever you can be assured that it will contain lost of chocolate and sugar!
While these are just some of the ways in which you could be giving chocolate to your kids, there are many other ways in which they might procure chocolate!
- Grandparents are mostly known to pamper their grand kids by giving them lots of chocolates.
- Pocket Money, is used to buy chocolates along with junk food
- Well-meaning ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’, often end up offering children chocolates
- Many a times parents are known to compensate for not spending time with their children by showering them with chocolates, toys and more chocolates in some cases….
But every kid loves chocolate, so how can it be harmful for them?
Recent studies have reported that chocolate when consumed in a certain amount i.e. 6.7 grams precisely offers immense health benefits, but anything more than it and most of its health benefits are lost! And with kids loving Chocolate more than anything in the world, 6.7 gms is just not a real possibility. Moreover, only dark chocolate which contains Flavanoids along with anti-oxidants is a healthy form of chocolate! All other forms of chocolate with their high cocoa and sugar content, do nothing but create health problems for your child, if consumed in excess!
Chocolates are known to cause tooth decay and cavities in children due to their high sugar content, which fosters growth of bacteria that convert the sugar into acid, which corrodes the protective enamel of the teeth and leads to decay and cavities!
Ever wondered why kids after having a pastry or a milkshake, tend to go wild, hyper and just generally out of control? It’s because of the caffeine that is found in chocolates these days is the same caffeine that is present in your coffee! Similarly, chocolate milk is known to make children fat, recent studies have also shown that children who demand too much chocolate during the early years of their life, go onto become aggressive adults!
So, the next time you decide to give in to your little one’s persistent whining and buy them a chocolate ice-cream, think again ‘Haven’t they have already had enough chocolate?”