Like you really need an excuse to eat cake for breakfast.
The presumably super fashionable and cultured experts over at Sterling-Rice Group predict that dessert for breakfast -- yes, like cake -- is going to become a thing, according to Food Business News.
The reason why? Besides the fact that, simply, it's delicious, a couple of new studies back it up. One, a Tel Aviv University study determined that eating dessert with breakfast encourages weight loss.
The other study, from Syracuse University, found that dark chocolate has a ton of benefits on cognitive function. The researchers say the sweet helps with things like abstract reasoning, memory and focus, which can be pretty hard to come by in the mornings, as we have found through non-scientific anecdotal research.
"The thought was eating chocolate prepares you more for your workday, so what better day part to incorporate dark chocolate into your meal than breakfast?" said Liz Moskow, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group.
Honestly, even if there was no research to support it, we could still go for a big slice of German chocolate pretty much every morning.
"Combining those two studies and the likeability of having dessert for breakfast, we predict that breakfast might start seeing brunch amuse-bouche chocolate cakes or brunch and breakfast restaurants incorporating a robust dessert menu," Moskow added.
A breakfast high in carbs and protein and including sweets could help keep us full throughout the day and keep our sweet tooth cravings at bay, said researcher Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University, according to LiveScience.
Still, as with any good ideas, there are some haters.
"I would never, in a million years, recommend cookies or cake for breakfast," said nutrition writer and registered dietitian Katherine Tallmadge, whom we won't be inviting to brunch any time soon (sorry Katherine).
But as long as you account for your calories like the study did (the morning sweets eaters consumed the same amount of calories as the control group), there's a chance it could help you out, as long as you eat enough food throughout the day to keep you full.
"The last thing you want to do is get to an evening meal, and be starving," said nutrition consultant and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Heather Mangieri. "That's the time that so many people overeat."
Don't wait for that cake.