BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new study shows that eating a "controlled amount" of chocolate every day could be beneficial for one's health...as long as they eat it during certain hours of the day.
Researchers Frank A. J. L. Scheer, PhD, MSc, Neuroscientist, and Marta Garaulet, PhD, from Brigham and Women's Hospital collaborated with investigators at University of Murcia in Spain to study how postmenopausal women's bodies would react to 100g of chocolate in the morning (within one hour after waking up) or at night (within one hour before bedtime).
The trial included 19 random postmenopausal women. They closely examined their weight gain and energy levels with or without consuming chocolate.
Among these women, they found that eating chocolate in the morning hours could help to burn fat and reduce blood glucose levels. Meanwhile, consuming chocolate at night altered next-morning resting and exercise metabolism.
“Our findings highlight that not only ‘what’ but also ‘when’ we eat can impact physiological mechanisms involved in the regulation of body weight,” said Scheer.
WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports: