Cacao for Kids - Is it safe?
Is Cacao safe for kids? It's a question we are asked often, and the good news is, the answer is yes!
Nutrient-rich Cacao is the perfect wholesome start to their day and an excellent alternative to sugary hot chocolates and flavoured milk.
Kids are prone to sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose, and while plenty of vitamin c, a spoonful of honey and a box of tissues can help, no treatment makes symptoms disappear quickly. Preventative measures are best, and Cacao is rich in nutrients that support a healthy and robust immune system that fights the sniffles head-on. Just one cup of Cacao is brimming with antioxidants (40 times the amount found in blueberries) that prevent and slow cell damage by limiting their oxidation process while protecting your kids' growing bodies from free radical damage and inflammation. Cacao also boasts high levels of theobromine, an antioxidant proven to alleviate coughing by blocking the sensory nerves and reducing the cough reflex.
Cacao For a Happy, Healthy Body
Child obesity has reached unprecedented peaks in the last decade, mainly due to higher sugar consumption and the rising popularity of fast food. Luckily kids love the taste of chocolate, and Cacao has the same delicious flavour as their favourite sweet snack but without high sugar levels. Plus, it's packed with vitamins and minerals to help them maintain healthy body weight. Cacao is also proven to help improve insulin sensitivity, reduce appetite, and elevate mood — all of which combine for healthy weight management and a happy kid.
Super Strong Kids
Are your kids pumping enough iron? Iron is an essential nutrient for us all, but it is vital for kids' fast-growing bodies and brains, which need it for energy, strength, and development. Leafy greens contain high levels of iron, but if you can't get them to eat their spinach, Cacao is an excellent (and more tempting) option. The world's highest plant-based source of iron, Cacao boasts an incredible 7.3 milligrams of iron per 100 grams!
Oodles Of Energy
Kids' energy levels can ebb and flow depending on hormonal changes, stress, illness, growth spurts, and activity levels. When they feel fatigued, it can affect their mood levels and how they focus at school. Cacao contains theobromine, a small amount of naturally occurring caffeine and magnesium that affects energy metabolism, so a cup of Cacao every morning is an excellent way to start their day. Not only is it giving their growing bodies the nutrients they need, but it is the safest and most natural way to reduce tiredness and fatigue.
It's recommended that child doses are on the smaller side, to test their sensitivity. Starting with a dose of 15-20grams is recommended.
Another question we are often asked is: can I enjoy my Creation Cacao while breastfeeding? Yes, you can!
In fact, it is one of the healthiest hot drinks you can enjoy due to its lower sugar and fat levels. Just be aware, Cacao contains the caffeine-like stimulant theobromine that is passed onto your baby, so be mindful of choosing a dose that feels right for you.
Then sip away for a happy mummy and a healthy baby.