Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by victoria, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    OK-- pardon my brainfog-- but do you also think this is actually saying that since some of us seem to be chemically programmed to like chocolate, means that -just maybe - it is GOOD for us????

    Public release date: 12-Oct-2007

    Contact: Michael Bernstein
    American Chemical Society

    Study finds that people are programmed to love chocolate

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2007 — For the first time, scientists have linked the all-too-human preference for a food — chocolate — to a specific, chemical signature that may be programmed into the metabolic system and is detectable by laboratory tests. The signature reads ‘chocolate lover’ in some people and indifference to the popular sweet in others, the researchers say.

    The study by Swiss and British scientists breaks new ground in a rapidly emerging field that may eventually classify individuals on the basis of their metabolic type, or metabotype, which can ultimately be used to design healthier diets that are customized to an individual’s needs. The study is scheduled for publication in the Nov. 2 issue of American Chemical Society’s Journal of Proteome Research, a monthly publication.

    Sunil Kochhar and colleagues studied 11 volunteers who classified themselves as ‘chocolate desiring’ and 11 volunteers who were ‘chocolate indifferent.’ In a controlled clinical study, each subject — all men — ate chocolate or placebo over a five day period while their blood and urine samples were analyzed. The ‘chocolate lovers’ had a hallmark metabolic profile that involved low levels of LDL-cholesterol (so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol) and marginally elevated levels of albumin, a beneficial protein, the scientists say.

    The chocolate lovers expressed this profile even when they ate no chocolate, the researchers note. The activity of the gut microbes in the chocolate lovers was also distinctively different from the other subjects, they add. (!!!!!?????)

    “Our study shows that food preferences, including chocolate, might be programmed or imprinted into our metabolic system in such a way that the body becomes attuned to a particular diet,” says Kochhar, a scientist with Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland.

    “We know that some people can eat a diet that is high in steak and carbs and generally remain healthy, while the same food in others is unhealthy,” he explains. “Knowing one’s metabolic profile could open-the-door to dietary or nutritional interventions that are customized to your type so that your metabolism can be nudged to a healthier status.”

    Researchers have known for some time that metabolic status and food preferences can vary from person to person and even between different cultures.

    The recent growth of the new field of proteome research, which focuses on characterizing the structure and function of the complete set of proteins produced by our genes, has allowed scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the metabolic changes that occur when foods are digested, Kochhar says.

    “There’s a lot of information in metabolism that can be used to improve health and this information is just now being explored and tapped,” the researcher says.

    In the future, a test for determining one’s metabolic type could be performed as part of a blood or urine test during a regular visit to the doctor, Kochhar predicts. But a reliable test to measure one’s metabolic type may be five years away, as more research is still needed in this area, he notes.

    Women were not included in the current study in order to avoid any metabolic variations linked to the menstrual cycle, which has been shown in studies by others to influence metabolic differences, Kochhar says.

    But the researchers plan to include women in future clinical trials on metabolic responses to chocolate to determine if there is a gender-specific response to the treat.

    In addition to providing a better understanding of individual metabolic types, the current study could also lead to the discovery of additional biomarkers that can identify new health benefits linked to chocolate and other foods, says Kochhar, whose research was funded by Nestlé.

    (The American Chemical Society — the world’s largest scientific society — is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.)

  2. ckball

    ckball New Member

    I always suspected it. My body use to crave chocolate, then I had to give it up to lose weight and boderline diabetes.

    The weight has been off for 2 years now and I have been treating myself to it recently. But it hurts me in the gastro way so I will give it up again.

    Intersting comment in the article about the gut and chocolate, I use to have bad IBS. Once I gave it up the bouts were fewer and farther in between, almost non-exsistant.

    When I started eating it again, the IBS came back.

    The study does need to include women, we eat far more than men, gotta be a reason for it. Hmm maybe it's the men making us want our chocolate,lol. Carla

  3. victoria

    victoria New Member

    It'll be interesting to see if they find it's good for certain things +/or people--

    (..."The activity of the gut microbes in the chocolate lovers was also distinctively different from the other subjects")

    That statement gives me lots of hope LOL... happily I don't get stomach upsets from it, but don't have it very often. Maybe moderation is the key after all? Dangit!


  4. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    If Toxoplasmosis Gondii can cause mice to lose their fear of cats, then perhaps a chocolate loving parasite can cause people to crave chocolate. I propose Chocolatus Bunnius Robustus as the name for the hypothesized parasite.
    Actually, it probable a symbiont, not a true parasite.

    By increasing desire for chocolate perhaps both the
    parasite and the humans benefit and live longer and happier lives.

    [This Message was Edited on 10/17/2007]
  5. victoria

    victoria New Member

    if it's a parasite in my GI tract, why isn't it making me THIN at least?

    If it did that, I could eat more chocolate!!!!!!


  6. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    I think you just need a tapeworm, maybe two, to go with the Chocolatus Robustus. (Natural medicine can be so effective!).

    [This Message was Edited on 10/17/2007]