Having your Cake and Eating it All

22 December 2008
Presented by Diana O'Carroll.

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If you're given an excess of chocolate or sweets as a present, is it better for you to wolf them all down in a huge binge, or just eat a few each day to make them last? We find out what to do with your chocolate haul in this Question of the Week. Plus, we ask if amongst all the things that fall from space, have we ever found evidence for life?

In this episode

00:00 - Eating All Your Sweets at Once?

Is it better to eat all of your Christmas sweets and chocolates in one enormous binge, or make them last all winter?

Eating All Your Sweets at Once?

We put this to Linda Morgan, Professor of Nutritional Endocrinology at Surrey University

Better to eat all your chocolates all in one go or a few at a time? The short answer is that it doesn't make any difference. The extra calories will be the same in each situation. The only effective way to prevent weight gain is to not eat the extra chocolate in the first place, I'm afraid. Evolutionarily we evolved with feast and famine and we needed to build up the body fat that we should have got in feast times to see us through the famine. However, if you do eat all your chocs in one go and you felt queasy afterwards then you would probably be less likely to build up a chocolate habit that lasts well into the New Year. On the other hand if you eat a few chocs each day you may well end up with a habit that is quite hard to break in the New Year. If you have to eat chocolates have them all in one go and make yourself sick!

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