Many people eat all kinds of sugary, calorie-rich foods for breakfast—from donuts to “frosted” cereals—so why not a thick slice of chocolate cake?
Well, it turns out that science is on your side if you opt for a velvety slab of chocolate cake as a healthy start to your day.
In fact, some scientists in Israel make chocolate a morning routine because they say it not only gives them energy, but helps them through the early hours with clearer minds.
“The group that consumed a bigger breakfast, including dessert, experienced few if any cravings for these foods later in the day” -Professor Daniela Jakubowicz
A study at Syracuse University of New York looked at 969 people who increased their chocolate consumption without changing their other normal dietary habits. The subjects, ages 23 to 98, were then put through a battery of tests.
Improved Brain Function
The results? There was a marked increase in cognitive performance across a variety of tasks.
While the results are unambiguous, scientists remain uncertain about why chocolate has the positive effect that it does. The Syracuse study offers these highlights:
- Cocoa has certain flavanols and something called methylxanthines which may be a key in bolstering neurotransmitters in the brain.
- The positive effect on brain function is unmistakable and statistically significant.
- Chocolate has been recognized for centuries as a treatment for health problems.
- The impact of chocolate on the brain is still not well understood.
Weight Loss Also A Factor
Interestingly, the Syracuse team found support for their conclusions in a separate study completed by Israeli scientists at Tel Aviv University. Better yet, the Tel Aviv study by Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz, Dr. Julio Wainstein and Dr. Mona Boaz found that chocolate cake in the morning is an excellent way to lose weight!
In this study, Israeli researchers looked at 193 clinically obese adults and split them into two groups. One group ate a low-carb, 300-calorie breakfast, and the other consumed a 600-calorie morning feast that included chocolate cake.
The amazing results were that the 300-calorie group initially lost weight, but then regained an average of 33 pounds after the diet ended. But the chocolate cake group not only kept the weight off – but lost another 15 pounds each!
So chocolate cake for breakfast? Nutritional science seems to say, “Yes!”56