Navigation Links
Chocolate Lovers May Be Hard-Wired That Way
Date:10/12/2007

Study finds their metabolism reacts differently to the sweet treat

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you don't watch what you eat, your body will. That's the message from a small new study that suggests that diets "imprint" themselves on the metabolic system, attuning people to the food they prefer to chow down.

Researchers found that the bodies of chocolate fans reacted differently when they ate the candy, compared to other people.

"The body appears to become attuned to a particular diet, which can have both positive and negative health consequences, but which could also ultimately open the door to novel dietary regimes," said study co-author Sunil Kochhar, a researcher with the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Nestlé company, best known in the United States for its chocolate products, paid for the study, which is expected to be published in the Nov. 2 issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Proteome Research.

At issue is the body's metabolism system, which converts food into energy. According to Kochhar, scientists are exploring whether it may be possible to detect metabolic problems and help people improve their metabolisms -- and weight control -- through diet.

In the study, the researchers recruited 11 men who love chocolate and 11 men who described themselves as "indifferent" to the sweet treat. Over a five-day period, the participants ate either daily doses of 50 grams of different kinds of Nestlé Cailler chocolate (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, etc.) or a placebo.

The use of chocolate was "not really the point of this study," Kochhar said, but it did allow researchers to look at links between diet and metabolism.

Analysis of blood and urine samples found that the chocolate lovers had a specific metabolic profile -- low levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and marginally higher levels of a beneficial protein called albumin. It didn't matter if they ate chocolate during the five days or not.

The activity of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system was different in the chocolate fans, too.

"We now know that people's metabolic state is, in part, determined by their tastes and selection of food," Kochhar said. "In itself, this is not surprising. But what we have now is a way of measuring the [imprints] and as such may be able to help people make better food choices in the future."

So, will the research help people avoid being fat? It's not clear yet, Kochhar said, but the research is a "first step" toward manipulating metabolisms to improve health.

The next step, he said, is to look at possible gender differences by studying women and doing more research into how diet can affect the germs in digestive systems.

Kochhar said women weren't included in the first study, because previous research had shown metabolic variations linked to the menstrual cycle. But the researchers plan to include women in future clinical trials on metabolic responses to chocolate to see if there's a gender-based reaction to the candy.

More information

Check an exhibit on the science of chocolate at exploratorium.edu.



SOURCES: Sunil Kochhar, Ph.D., researcher with the Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland; Nov. 2, 2007, Journal of Proteome Research


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Antioxidants found in chocolates
2. Antioxidants found in chocolates
3. Eating chocolate makes you happy
4. Dark chocolate benefits the heart
5. Dark Chocolate Is Helpful In Lowering Blood Pressure.
6. When it comes to health, all chocolates not the same.
7. Under Stress? All You Need Is A Chocolate To Melt In Your Mouth
8. Chocolate To Combat Cancer: So Indulge!
9. Dark chocolate can help ease symptoms of diarrhea
10. Chocolate lovers rejoice: it is good for the heart!
11. Chocolate makers to be health wise and urge consumers to be too!
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Metabolic Code ... to nutraceuticals and help doctors more efficiently manage their practice. Power2Practice is ... software platform for Integrative and Functional Medicine. , The Metabolic Code platform ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... While James Earl Jones is known ... for in a show called "Front Page". One of the forthcoming episodes examines mammogram ... rates have plummeted in large part due to early detection. Like any other disease, ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 04, 2016 , ... ... new attractive animation styles with unique displacement design elements," said Christina Austin - ... third designs. Choose from a variety of design styles that include both left ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 04, 2016 , ... Responsible dental ... One must brush properly to achieve optimal results. This important necessity inspired an inventor ... need for a way to ensure that people break or avoid bad techniques of ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Phoenix (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... statewide documentary on the perils of heroin that was watched live by 1 ... national Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. , ASU students at the Walter Cronkite ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today ... the risk of cardiovascular death in adult patients with ... "Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death ... Jean-Marc Guettier , M.D., C.M., director of the Division ... Drug Evaluation and Research. "Availability of antidiabetes therapies that ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... in the ECG Cables And ECG Leadwires Market owing to ... devices. On the other hand, the Asia-Pacific ... rate during the forecast period. The market players ... plc ( Ireland ), Koninklijke Philips N.V. ( ... ( China ), held major share of the ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016 According to a ... by Product (Instruments, Reagents, Software), Technology (Immunoassay, Clinical ... Nephrology, Infectious Diseases) - Forecast to 2021" published ... USD 60.22 Billion in 2016. This market is ... during the forecast period (2016-2021) to reach USD ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: