Highlights

  • Besides providing warmth and comfort, hot chocolate has various health benefits
  • High added sugar content may lead to increased risk of obesity
  • Controlling portion sizes helps manage overall calorie intake

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Enjoying hot chocolate in moderation and being mindful of its ingredients can be part of a healthy lifestyle. It's always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice.

Love hot chocolate and drink it daily? You must know what happens when you do that

‘Tis the season to sip on some hot chocolate and tuck into the blanket. If you love this hot beverage and have it almost every day, then this is just for you. Besides providing warmth and comfort, hot chocolate has various health benefits.

Benefits of drinking hot chocolate

Cocoa contains antioxidants that may help combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Some studies suggest that moderate consumption of dark chocolate (which contains cocoa) may have positive effects on heart health, including improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure. However, if you have it daily, it may have some adverse effects on your body.

Adverse effects of drinking hot chocolate daily

Caloric Content: Hot chocolate can be calorie-dense, especially if it includes added sugars, whipped cream, or other high-calorie toppings. Excessive calorie intake can contribute to weight gain.

Sugar Content: Many commercially available hot chocolate mixes and beverages can be high in added sugars, which may lead to various health issues, including increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Digestive issues: Due to their richness and elevated fat content, hot chocolate may lead to digestive discomfort, especially for individuals dealing with lactose intolerance or other sensitivities.

Tips to prepare a healthier cuppa hot chocolate

Choose Dark Chocolate: Opt for hot chocolate made with dark chocolate or cocoa powder with a high cocoa content, as it contains more antioxidants and less sugar than milk chocolate.

Limit Added Sugar: Be mindful of the sugar content. You can control the sweetness by making your hot chocolate at home and sweetening it with natural sweeteners like honey or jaggery in moderation.

Portion control: Be aware of portion sizes, especially if you're adding extras like whipped cream or marshmallows. Controlling portion sizes helps manage overall calorie intake.

Consider Milk Alternatives: If you're looking to reduce dairy intake, you can use milk alternatives like almond milk or oat milk for a plant-based option.

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