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29th Jun 2021

Eating chocolate for breakfast is good for your health, study claims

Kat O'Connor

Pass the Dairy Milk!

We can all agree that the last year and a bit has not been easy in the slightest. We’ve all struggled through the pandemic and the one thing that has helped lift our spirits were those tiny doses of joy.

Whether that was your daily walk to buy a flat white when the kids were in school or your weekly phone call with your best friend. We all found something to help make life that little bit brighter.

Some of us turned to baking, others started running and many of us turned to our beloved chocolate.

If picking up a Dairy Milk or box of After Eights in the local supermarket helped get you through the day then we’ve got some great news for you.

A recent study has found that eating chocolate in the mornings is actually good for you. Yes, you read that right.

According to researchers, eating a little bit of chocolate in the morning can help lower blood glucose levels, improves your quality of sleep and even improves your exercise metabolism.

The study, which was conducted by researchers in both Boston and Spain, explained that eating chocolate at certain points of the day can actually improve your health.

The study states: “Eating a concentrated amount of chocolate during a narrow window of time in the morning may help the body burn fat and decrease blood sugar levels.”

The team of researchers analysed the health of 19 postmenopausal women who consumed either 100g of chocolate in the morning (within one hour after waking time) or within one hour before bedtime.

Not only can a couple squares of chocolate improve your sleep and blood glucose levels, but it also makes us happier.

A previous study discovered the link between our mood and dark chocolate consumption. Researchers at University College London revealed that people who ate dark chocolate were 70% less likely to display signs of depressive moods than people who consumed no chocolate whatsoever.

Dark chocolate contains an ingredient called phenylethylamine, which helps regulate one’s mood.

Even if there were no health benefits, we’d happily tuck into our chocolate stash if it was going to make our morning a little easier. You’ve got to do what makes you happy after all, right?