Pilot Study confirms Chocolate improves Parent Perception of Behavior Change of Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Over 10 years ago, I started my son who suffers with Autism Spectrum Disorder on healthy dark chocolate. Not candy, but a high antioxidant cocoa flavanoid rich beyond chocolate that was high in benefits and low in sugar. Eventually I put him on a new dark chocolate protein shake made by Beyond chocolate and noticed significant improvement in mood and behavior. I have continued to share this health chocolate with my friends and those in the autism community who also have children with autism who notice similar benefits. So when I saw the abstract of “A Pilot Study: Parent Perceptions of Behavior Change In Their Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder Following High Antioxidant Cacao Consumption.”, I knew that it would show a benefit as I witnessed it first hand. The conclusion states ” Results from this study support previous literature on antioxidant intake as an adjunct therapy to improve behaviors of children with ASD. More robust randomized controlled trials are now necessary to validate and elaborate on these findings. “
My son is now 27 and has been on the Beyond dark chocolate shake for breakfast for many years. If he skips the shake, we see a difference in mood and behavior within a day, so we make every effort not to skip.
I look forward to additional studies and highly recommend anyone who has a child dealing with ADD, ADHD or any form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, consider incorporating healthy chocolate into the diet. Most people I have spoken with who have a family member dealing with autism have had severe mood swings especially when they are going into puberty or when there is a change in daily routine. This was certainly the case with my family. The mood swings and behavior was severe enough for us to be concerned for the safety of other family members and to have him live at home with us. This is no longer an issue. We are so blessed!
Be sure to watch the short video below which is our testimony about how this product helped our son when his mood swings had been severe enough to break my shoulder and arm. If you or someone you love is dealing with this, give them a gift and share this blog post or order them some beyond chocolate. Only parents and caregivers understand how severe and serious these mood swings and behavioral issues can be.
My son and I continue to have this beyond protein shake every morning for breakfast. Our current recipe is 1 cup unsweet vanilla almond milk, 1 cup ice and 2 scoops of the shake. It also tastes great with frozen banana.
I have recently started giving my son the XeTRM berry supplement that mixes in water easily. This also has the healthy chocolate with acai and blueberry, has no sugar, 1 calorie and no carbs. It is a new product, so I don’t know if it will have the same effect although I expect it will as all the other beyond chocolate products have made a difference for him. As a parent, this has been such a breakthrough for our son and our family. We are no longer concerned for the safety of our family as the benefits of the chocolates on our son have been dramatic.
If you would like to discuss how beyond chocolate and the beyond chocolate shake have helped our son, please call us at (941) 676-7300. You can also find information on our healthy chocolates at MyChocolateVitamins.com.
“A Pilot Study: Parent Perceptions of Behavior Change in Their Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder Following High Antioxidant Cacao Consumption.”