Cocoa is Ghana’s primary food export. And while we love our chocolate beverages for their taste most of us rarely appreciate it’s dietary benefit. Did you know eating chocolate in the morning could help you lose weight? Yes, by reducing levels of glucose in your blood, chocolate helps you lose weight.
A study published in the FASEB Journal, profered eating chocolate within the first hour of waking up could do you some more good.
Cocoa beverages and bars like milk chocolate reduce blood glucose levels, burn fat and decrease waist circumference. Bye bye, belly fat!
The researchers are also looking into cocoa and chocolate’s effect on the reduction of cortisol, the stress hormone. This would partly explain avid chocolate-eaters and their relatively lower caloric composition.
According to neuroscientist Frank A.J. L. Scheer, eating chocolate in the morning or the evening/night results in differential effects on hunger and appetite, substrate oxidation, fasting glucose, microbiota (composition and function), and sleep and temperature rhythms.
He further asserted that research results show that females were less hungry when eating chocolate! His research also explored the discrepancy in how morning chocolate-lovers showed less desire for other sweets.
While Western chocolate brands are heavily sweetened with sugars and caramels, local brands like Niche , 57 Chocolate, Bioko, Kabi and Golden Tree give the best and healthiest Ghana has to offer. A ground-breaking brand is Ghanaian chocolatier Selassie Atadika’s Midunu Chocolates which blend healthy African spices like pr3k3s3 and moringa in chocolate truffles.
The Pros are: you sleep better, lose weight, pack your body with anti-oxidants which are cancer-fighting and also get the benefit of a wholesome taste.
So the next time you take a bite of chocolate in the morning do not stress your self. Heck, you are even helping yourself by reducing your cortisol levels.