Timing of Chocolate Intake Might Impact Body Weight
A recent study of postmenopausal women revealed that consuming a fixed allotment of chocolate during a specific time in the morning can assist the body in lowering blood glucose levels and burning fat.
The research paper’s co-authors are Marta Garaulet, PhD, visiting scientist, and Frank A.J.L. Scheer, PhD, MSc, neuroscientist. They led a controlled, randomized, cross-over trial involving 19 postmenopausal women who were given 100g of chocolate in the morning (within an hour after waking up) or at night (within an hour before going to sleep).
Researchers discovered that the participants did not gain weight after eating chocolate in the morning or evening and that consuming chocolate at these times can alter microbiota composition, appetite, and sleep. Furthermore, consuming chocolate shortly after waking up may aid in burning fat and lowering blood glucose levels. Also, consuming chocolate in the evening/night was found to alter resting the following morning and exercise metabolism.
Although this study seemed to expose some incredible benefits from eating chocolate, it’s important to note that it was limited to postmenopausal women around 52 years of age. Therefore, more research, including men and younger women, is needed to confirm these results.
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