As mums, especially new mums, we often wonder when it’s ok to introduce our children to chocolate?
Research suggests that babies should not have any chocolate or refined sugar foods before the age of 1.  However, it is one of those things that is really up to each individual parent.
Here at The Healthy Mummy, we encourage our mums to raise healthy, happy children and with Easter just around the corner, we have a few tips on how and when to introduce your little ones to chocolate.
introducing children to chocolate

One of the main reasons it is not recommended to give children chocolate under the age of 1 is due to allergies.  It is pretty rare for children to be allergic to cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate., but still a possibility.  Chocolate itself is not on the common food allergy list but the following ingredients often found in chocolate are:

  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Wheat and Gluten
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Berries

It is a good idea to always check the labels on new foods before introducing them to your child and consult your GP if you have any concerns.  Healthy chocolate alternatives
Another reason to hold off giving chocolate to your children too early is the SUGAR and CAFFEINE content.  Giving them a little bit on special occasions like birthdays or Easter is not going to give them a sudden sugar rush or caffeine buzz or make their teeth fall out (if they have any).  However, it is still important to monitor what they have and try not to make a habit of giving it to them.  Sugar is highly addictive, so the more you give them, they more they will crave it.
There are so many nutritious chocolate alternatives out there that there is no need for your little ones to miss out or feel deprived and you won’t have to feel like the mean mum!   easter chocolate alternatives
Our FREE Easter Recipe Book  is jam packed full of healthy chocolate recipes as well as everything you need to get your family through the Easter weekend.


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