Updated January 4th, 2024 at 00:22 IST
Love hot chocolate? Here's what happens to your body when consumed daily
Enjoy hot chocolate but beware its daily consumption due to potential adverse effects on health and weight.
As the winter chill sets in, there's nothing like cozying up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and snuggling under a blanket. While this beloved beverage offers warmth and comfort, it also presents a mix of health benefits and potential drawbacks, especially if consumed daily.
Health perks of hot chocolate
Hot chocolate, rich in cocoa, harbors antioxidants that combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Studies hint at its positive impact on heart health, promoting better blood flow and reduced blood pressure, particularly dark chocolate containing higher cocoa content.
Cautionary notes on daily consumption
However, daily indulgence in hot chocolate comes with certain things that need to be kept in mind. Here's a list:
Laden with added sugars, whipped cream, or calorie-rich toppings, hot chocolate can be calorically dense, potentially contributing to weight gain.
Commercial mixes often pack high added sugar levels, posing risks like obesity and type 2 diabetes with regular consumption.
Its richness and fat content may trigger digestive issues, particularly for those with lactose intolerance or sensitivities.
Here are tips for a healthier cup of chocolate
Choose darker variants
Opt for dark chocolate or high cocoa content cocoa powder, offering more antioxidants and less sugar than milk chocolate.
Control sweetness by preparing hot chocolate at home, using natural sweeteners like honey or jaggery in moderation.
Manage calorie intake by watching portion sizes, especially when adding extras like whipped cream or marshmallows.
Consider plant-based options like almond or oat milk to reduce dairy intake while enjoying your cup of hot chocolate.
Strike a balance between indulgence and health consciousness to relish the warmth of hot chocolate without compromising your well-being this winter.
Published January 4th, 2024 at 00:22 IST