by Samantha Gemmell, Nutritionist
These claims come from two recent studies that looked at the consumption of cocoa in the morning. One suggested that the health benefits we love best about cacao, including boosting brain function, memory recall and focus, could be best used in the morning before the work day.
The other found that people who ate dessert for breakfast aided in weight loss, because morning is when metabolism is highest. Consuming cocoa in the mornings also staved off cravings for the participants, so they were less likely to sabotage their own diet efforts.
So this means black forest cake drizzled with chocolate sauce for breakfast, right? Not so fast there, friend!
The health benefits of cocoa are definitely there when it comes to boosting up brain function, but a lot of those can be cancelled out with foods that are high in processed sugars. That's why we aren't all instant geniuses just because we're addicted to our daily chocolate fix.
The same goes for weight loss – the benefits of chocolate for breakfast just won't be there if you're consuming a day's worth of kilojoules at breakfast alone!
Does this mean you're doomed to eat boring, chocolate-free breakfasts forever? I'm not that mean – here's how you can make chocolate for breakfast work for you.
If you love chocolate, you can definitely incorporate some chocolatey goodness into your morning meal – but it's best to be smart about it.
Here are my three favourite ways to add chocolate in:
Samantha is a passionate nutritionist (BHSc), health writer and public speaker with a love of words, mindfulness and food as medicine. Holding a Bachelor of Health Science and a Certificate 3 in Fitness, Sam has plans of further studies in PT, meditation teaching and journalism – ever the eternal student.
Supporting Australian based businesses and causes is an important part of who Sam is and she's a proud ambassador of Smiling Mind, and a student rep for Endeavour College of Natural Health.
Sam also hopes to be an ongoing role model for those who seek wellness despite having chronic health conditions, by practising what she calls 'Chronically Thriving' – not allowing a health condition to hold her back, but rather working with her body so that it can be healthy and happy.
She has a beautiful staffie named Nina, an inability to sleep with socks on, and a love of networking and connecting with like-minded people.
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