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Is it safe for children over 1.5 years old to consume chocolate? My little one also has taken a liking for cookies!
by Healthsoup

Is it safe for children over 1.5 years old to consume chocolate? My little one also has taken a liking for cookies!


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Your child's taste preferences start developing even before he/she emerges from the womb and they way your child eats is influenced by your eating habits.

You don't want to label foods as good or bad or ban foods from your child's diet (unless there is a medical condition) as this could result in an unhealthy relationship with food. In addition, he/she might tend to overeat those foods when out. But, it is impportant to limit the amount of processed foods, especially sweets, when his/her body is developing. In addition, chocolate contains caffeine which is not recommended for babies and small children.

My recommend would be to keep chocolate and cookies for treats or limit them to maybe one small one after a healthy lunch that includes fruit, veggies, lean protein and some whole grains. You want to make sure that your child is getting all the nutrients he/she needs and that healthier foods are not replaced by sweets.


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