If you avoid eating chocolate muffins, chocolate cake, or chocolate-whatever for breakfast due to health concerns, there's good news. Eating chocolate could help you lose weight.
Did you read that twice? It's true! So put your favorite guilty-pleasure back on the menu because the benefits of eating chocolate not only include trimming your waistline, but also an improvement in cognitive function. A long-term study at Syracuse University in New York City monitored the cognitive effects of chocolate consumption on 928 people between the ages of 23 and 98. While I missed that awesome memo about participating, researchers came up with a positive conclusion without my valuable input:
Habitual chocolate intake was related to cognitive performance, measured with an extensive battery of neuropsychological tests. More frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance on
Regarding weight loss, you can now sate your chocolate cravings, especially in the morning. Research at a Tel Aviv University revealed that eating higher calorie foods early in a day helps you lose weight. Study leader Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz claims that having dessert at the start of your day helps stave off late-night cravings for an indulgent snack. Jakublowicz's best-selling book, "The Big Breakfast Diet," explores the concept further:
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 fat reserve. This is how you gain weight even eating less.
The health benefits associated with chocolate is all thanks to the cocoa powder. It's known to stimulate serotonin production in your brain which affects your mood and helps decrease your cravings throughout the day. Cocoa powder is also low in calories. Cocoa powder also minimizes the risk of a heart attack and cardiovascular diseases. It lowers blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. But it also increases the good cholesterol (HDLs), which thins your blood to prevent plaque buildup in your arteries. If you heart chocolate, then your heart is healthy and happy.
Of course, let's not get carried away. Chocolate is not a cure-all, so resist an all-chocolate diet. But knowing the benefits of cocoa should make eating chocolate cake for breakfast a guilt-free regimen. See you later, burnt toast and oatmeal! H/T - Facebook, gethealthygethot, fromthegrapevine