I thought it fitting that I talk about them given that we are only one week away from Easter as I write this post. I’m amazed at just how many Easter treats my children bring home when they break up for the holidays. Not only that, I actually dread it because I know that commercial chocolate will play havoc over the holiday break. Aside from what is generously given out at school and kinder, we still have chocolate Easter eggs from family, Easter bunny and / or Easter Bilby.
So, by now, we have enough Easter eggs to start up our own shop. Hah!
If Chocolate really is a big problem then here are some other alternatives for Easter.
What’s Really In Chocolate?
Easter Eggs come in all shapes, sizes and quality. The problem is usually in the quality of chocolate used and this can vary greatly from brand to brand. On the whole, commercial chocolate doesn’t have a lot of substance to it. In fact, it can have a nasty impact on children’s behavior.
If you were to look at the main ingredient used in chocolate, in most cases you will see that the number one ingredient is processed sugar. Other ingredients include milk, cocoa butter, milk solids, lecithin, flavors and other ingredients depending on the brand. In some cases they even add food colors to the detriment of the consumer and particularly children.
For the chocolate connoisseur, there is a difference in taste between Easter egg brands and in some cases the price tag fits the experience. As a parent, you should be concerned about what you are eating or what you are putting in your children’s mouths.
Of course, it is not all bad when it comes to chocolate. Easter eggs are something you can make yourself using organic ingredients and substitute ingredients. You can choose to eat raw chocolate which is an experience on its own. The anti-oxidant content of raw chocolate surpasses anything you can buy in commercial chocolate Easter eggs and in a lot of cases, agave or other safe sweeteners are used in the place of sugar. Raw chocolate is actually good for you in moderation and has some fantastic health benefits. However, if you are amine intolerant then you best steer clear.
The Impact Of Chocolate on health and children’s behavior
The sugar content alone should be enough to make you think twice about the amount of chocolate you and your family consume. If that isn’t bad enough, those who suffer from food intolerance symptoms will most likely react to the amine content which is high in cocoa. Amines are a naturally occurring chemical in food, as are salicylates. Those who do suffer from food intolerance symptoms also have a greater chance of reacting to the food colors or additives, including any preservatives added.
Additionally, you or your family may find yourself cranky, more aggressive than usual or tired / lethargic after eating chocolate. Oppositional defiance is not an uncommon food intolerance symptom for those who are amine responders. So, you may find the family bickering at Easter time or over the break.
How To Make Your Own Easter Eggs – If you Must Eat Some
Making your own can be fun and you are also aware of the ingredients you are using. If your children are old enough, they will also really enjoy being involved with making their very own chocolate Easter eggs. Alternatively, you can steer clear of chocolate altogether at Easter and make something crafty. Click here to grab The Easter Craft Book.
I hope that you will give some thought before you buy this Easter. Eating good quality chocolate Easter eggs can make for a calmer, happier family at this time of year. Not only is it better for your body but your children will get along better over this holiday period. A happy Easter everyone and here’s to healthy eating!Your News On Food brought to you by Eileen Baudinette Food and Health Commentator. © 2009 – 2013 thenewsonfood.com ———————–
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