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Starting the day off with chocolate may benefit your blood sugar

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In a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, researchers found that eating a concentrated amount of chocolate during a narrow window of time in the morning may help the body burn fat and decrease blood sugar levels.

Eating milk chocolate every day may sound like a recipe for weight gain.

To find out about the effects of eating milk chocolate at different times of day, the team tested 19 older women who consumed either 100g of chocolate in the morning (within one hour after waking time) or at night (within one hour before bedtime).

They compared weight gain and many other measures to no chocolate intake.

Researchers found that morning or nighttime chocolate intake did not lead to weight gain;

Eating chocolate in the morning or in the evening can influence hunger and appetite, microbiota composition, sleep and more;

A high intake of chocolate during the morning hours could help to burn fat and reduce blood glucose levels.

Evening/night chocolate altered next-morning resting and exercise metabolism.

These findings highlight that not only ‘what’ but also ‘when’ people eat can impact physiological mechanisms involved in the regulation of body weight.

The results show that chocolate reduced ad libitum energy intake, consistent with the observed reduction in hunger, appetite and the desire for sweets shown in previous studies

If you care about blood sugar health, please read studies about this popular drink may help control diabetes, lower blood sugar and findings of this common fruit may help reduce your blood sugar after a meal.

For more information about blood sugar and diabetes, please see recent studies about why some people have dangerous diabetes complications and results showing the cause of muscle loss in diabetes.

The study is published in The FASEB Journal. One author of the study is Frank A. J. L. Scheer, Ph.D., MSc.

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