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Neuropediatra explains the effects of chocolate on the brain of children

 

 

 


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Chocolate has a lousy fame among parents because, erroneously, it is believed that it causes insomnia, when it is backwards as it contains tryptophan that is a sleep inducer

In the world of childhood there are numerous phrases that are transmitted from parents to children and that are not known if they have a scientific basis. One of them is the famous action that chocolate (basically because of its sugar component) generates in children in terms of their physical and mental activity. But what's true about it? Manuel Antonio Fernández, director of the Andaluz Institute of Neuropediatría, better known as El NeuropediatraHe explains it.

“Do you notice any change when you drink chocolate?” he asks. There are many studies on this. These are the most interesting:

Study of the Harvard School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging that shows the benefits on the circulation and oxygenation of the brain when two cups of chocolate are taken a day.

La University of Michigan It highlights that taking chocolate causes in the brain an elevation of some substances such as dopamine and encephalins that causes feeling of well-being, satisfaction and reward.

There are investigations of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine whose results claim that processing speed and brain work memory improve when taking chocolate. This allows better mental performance. DIMETILSULFURO blog de divulgación científica

One of the components of chocolate is the feniletilamina. This generates the release of tryptophan and serotonin that are substances that favor the mood, help reduce anxiety and improve sleep conciliation.

In addition, it has antioxidant effects to prevent aging and also anti-inflammatory.

Chocolate causes hyperactivity. Is it true what you say?
“No. No way. Chocolate does not cause hyperactivity. No food induces hyperactivity. It's one more myth.

In fact, chocolate, caffeine and other exciting substances can cause changes in attitude and behavior, sometimes nervousness or tachycardia, but that is not hyperactivity.”

Is it good for a kid to eat chocolate? Since when can you take it?
Neuropediatra is clear: “Is it good to have coffee? Well, it depends. The same thing happens with chocolate. One thing is that it has beneficial effects and another very different that can be taken in large quantities and very early. In all matters concerning the feeding of children, prudence must prevail,” he replied.

In addition to the beneficial effects it can bring – he adds – “we should not forget that chocolate contains sugar and fat. If intake is not controlled, it will facilitate weight gain and childhood obesity.”

“Apart from this base, a reasonable age to start giving chocolate to a child is 15 months. Before 12 months, chocolate can cause allergy in the child as an allergenic food and should be avoided,” he recommends.

“The normal thing is to start by giving some food that contains cocoa before giving chocolate directly,” he concludes.

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Neuropediatra explains the effects of chocolate on the brain of children

Neuropediatra explains the effects of chocolate on the brain of children

Chocolate has a lousy fame among parents because, erroneously, it is believed that it causes insomnia, when it is backwards as it contains tryptophan that is a

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2023-04-11

 

Neuropediatra explains the effects of chocolate on the brain of children
Neuropediatra explains the effects of chocolate on the brain of children

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