It is the summer season in the majority places around the world. Which means everyone is more or less concerned about how they do look like in their swimsuits. The social standards shape our thoughts. Anyway, we don’t need to skip our favourite desserts anymore! It seems that it is just the timing that matters.
Breakfast is acknowledged as a the most important meal of the day. For this reason, it can be the sweetest one too.
The benefits of eating chocolate
The latest researches found that eating chocolate on a regular basis is beneficial to our brain function. Chocolate is related to cognitive benefits, memory performance and abstract reasoning.
The statements above are based on a long-term, large-scale study, made by Syracuse University researches (NY, USA), who were estimating the impact of chocolate consumption on 968 people between the ages of 23 to 98, without changing their eating habits.
Researchers claim that “more frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance on [these tests].”
The Tel Aviv University (Israel) researchers made a study about how chocolate affects our weight. Evidently, chocolate can help lose weight. However, there is a one main condition – the chocolate must be eaten in the morning. Without exception.
The study leader, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, explains that a higher-calorie breakfast prevents later cravings and late-night snacking. The doctor of science claims that our brain requires energy once it is awake. Moreover, it is also the most convenient time of the day for our bodies to transform food into energy. For this reason, a higher-calorie food has the least dangerous impact to our weight and health. Even though our brain is constantly in a high-alert mode all day long, later in the afternoon our body starts converting food energy into fat reserves. And it leads to weight gain.
Breakfast with dessert
According to Jakubowicz’s study, a heavier breakfast leads to weight loss. She initiated an experiment in which a 300-calorie breakfast and 600-calorie breakfast were adapted among eating habits of the experiment’s participants. Surprisingly, the results revealed that a 600-calorie breakfast, which included proteins, carbohydrates and a dessert, helped to lose more weight. It turns out that people who were having 300-calorie breakfast ate more later in the day.
Seems we are free from counting our chocolate cake bites. And it is beneficial to our brain and waist line. So, go for it!