Eating a certain amount of chocolate for a limited period of time in the morning, contrary to what it seems, not only does not lead to weight gain, but it can help the body burn fat and lower blood sugar levels.
This is confirmed by a study in “The FASEB Journal” that has analyzed the different effects of eating milk chocolate at different times of the day.
And the conclusions are clear. «Taking chocolate in the morning or in the afternoon / evening produces differential effects.about hunger and appetite, oxidation, fasting glucose, microbiota (composition and function), and sleep and temperature rhythms. The results highlight that ‘when’ we eat is a relevant factor to consider in energy balance and metabolism “, write the authors of the study from the University of Murcia.
In collaboration with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston (USA), they carried out a randomized, controlled, crossover trial of 19 postmenopausal women who consumed 100 g of chocolate in the morning (one hour after waking up) or at night (one hour before bedtime).
The experts compared weight gain and many other measures to no chocolate intake.
And the results showed that eating chocolate in the morning or at night did not lead to weight gain; that eating chocolate in the morning or at night can influence hunger and appetite, the composition of the microbiota, or sleep; that a high intake of chocolate during the morning hours could help burn fat and lower blood glucose levels, and that drinking chocolate in the afternoon / evening altered the metabolism of rest and exercise the next morning.
“Our findings highlight that not only ‘what’ but also ‘when’ we eat can affect the physiological mechanisms involved in regulating body weight,” says Frank AJL Scheer.
“Our volunteers did not gain weight despite the increased caloric intake. The results show that chocolate reduced energy intake, cconsistent with the observed reduction in hunger, appetite, and craving for sweets shown in previous studies», Says Marta Garaulet.