We all want to enjoy a delicious piece of chocolate cake, and for a very good reason. What’s more, there are also many of us who are tempted by that nice piece in the fridge first thing in the morning. This makes a lot of people to have a feeling of guilt, believing that their efforts for achieving a healthier lifestyle were given a serious hit.
But, as it turns out, a new study conducted at the Syracuse University in New York has shown that there is no reason for guilt at all. The study in which there were 968 participants between the ages of 23 and 98, the researchers followed the dietary habits of the people, without changing them for the purpose of the study.
According to what they learned, chocolate will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but it also has a positive effect on cognitive performance and when eaten regularly, it can improve your memory and abstract reasoning.
Another study, which took place at the Tel Aviv University in Israel, has also found something quite interesting. Namely, the researchers reported that eating chocolate in the morning helps people lose weight. This conclusion is completely opposite to the long-held beliefs that chocolate is one of those foods that a person must avoid in order to lose weight.
According to a study leader Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, the biggest takeaway of this study is that a high-calorie breakfast greatly reduces cravings throughout the day
“When you wake up, your brain needs energy immediately,” stated Jakubowicz, whose book “The Big Breakfast Diet” became a bestseller. “This is the time of the day when your body converts food into energy. Later in the day, when you eat, your body and brain are still in high-alert mode, saving the energy from food as a fat reserve. This is how you gain weight even eating less,” she explains.
Dr. Jakubowicz also added that people who eat 600-calorie breakfast that is made up of dessert as well as proteins and carbs, tend to lose more weight when compared to those people who eat a 300-calorie breakfast, but have a habit of enjoying a bigger meal later in the day.
What Makes Chocolate so Beneficial?
Many experts agree that a nutrient called flavonoid is responsible for the health boosting properties of chocolate. This organic compound represents up to 20 percent of the compounds found in cocoa beans. Numerous studies conducted in recent years have found that flavonoids have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer properties.
In addition to chocolate, high levels of flavonoids can also be found in tea, red wine, grapes, and apples.