One study found that eating chocolate in the morning lowers blood sugar. A scientific study published in the journal of Experimental Biology FASEB examined the metabolic effects of daily dessert on women.
According to the study authors, eating chocolate in the morning or in the evening (at night) can affect energy balance and body weight in different ways. This is due to changes in energy intake, microbiota and circadian rhythm, according to a randomized controlled experiment. The study participants were divided into 3 groups. The first group ate 100 g of chocolate in the morning for 14 days, the second – in the evening or at night, and the third was the control.
It was found that consuming chocolate for two weeks did not lead to excess weight, but dulled hunger and reduced cravings for other sweets during the day. In addition, the first group was found to have decreased blood sugar levels on an empty stomach (4.4 percent) and increased lipid oxidation (25.6 percent). At the same time, women who ate 100 g of chocolate in the evening managed to improve their sleep patterns.
Eating chocolate in the morning or in the evening (at night) has different effects on hunger and appetite, substrate oxidation, fasting glucose levels, microbiota composition and function, as well as sleep rhythms and temperature, the scientists shared the results of the study. It turned out that meal time is an important factor that should be taken into account in energy balance and metabolism, the experts summed up.