While eating milk chocolate every day may seem like a recipe for weight gain, starting the day with a concentrated amount of chocolate can help the body burn fat and lower blood sugar, study finds. Brigham researchers collaborated with researchers at the University of Murcia in Spain, looked at the effects of drinking milk chocolate in the morning on a small group of postmenopausal women.
The study published in The FASEB Journal found that consuming chocolate in the morning or evening did not lead to weight gain. On the contrary, eating chocolate in the morning or in the evening has been shown to influence hunger and appetite, the composition of the microbiota and sleep.
High consumption of chocolate during the morning hours can also help burn fat and lower blood sugar, and consuming chocolate in the evening or at night impairs the metabolism of rest and exercise the next morning.
“Our results underscore that not only ‘what’ but also ‘when’ we eat can impact the physiological mechanisms involved in the regulation of body weight,” said Frank AJL Scheer, neuroscientist in the Department of Medicine and Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“Our volunteers did not gain weight despite the increase in calorie intake. Our results show that chocolate reduces energy intake ad libitum, which is consistent with the observed reduction in hunger and appetite. and the desire for sweets shown in previous studies, ”said Marta Garaulet, also from the hospital.
For the study, the team conducted a randomized, controlled, crossover trial in 19 postmenopausal women who consumed 100g of chocolate in the morning (within an hour of waking up) or at night (within an hour of waking up). to sleep). They compared weight gain and many other measures to not consuming chocolate.