Why you might need to eat chocolate for breakfast - Women's Running

Why you might need to eat chocolate for breakfast

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  July 20, 2021

Research suggests that having a small amount of chocolate in the morning may help to balance blood sugar in post-menopausal women

Yes, we’re really actually giving you a science-backed reason to eat chocolate for breakfast! A small study recently done at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston suggested that eating a small amount first thing in the morning was beneficial to post-menopausal women.

The women in the study were split into three groups: one group had 100g of chocolate in the morning (within 1 hour of waking), one group had 100g in the evening (within 1 hour of sleeping) and one group had none at all.

After two weeks, researchers found that the women who were eating their chocolate in the morning had 4.4% lower fasting glucose levels than the other two groups, indicating that their blood sugar levels were more stable. The women in this group also reported experiencing fewer sweet cravings through the day, and did not gain weight.

We assumed that this study would have been done with dark chocolate; we’ve all been told that dark chocolate is favourable over milk for its myriad health benefits. But interestingly, this study is one of the first to have used milk chocolate – bring on the Dairy Milk!

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Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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