Recent Study Reveals Eating At Night Can Be Bad For Your Heart Health
I’ve always heard that in order to control your metabolism and lose weight, you shouldn’t eat anything past 7 pm or so. However, did you know that consistently eating at night can actually negatively affect your health? Listen up, midnight snackers — you’re going to want to hear this!
A recent study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting discovered a link between late-night eating and a higher risk of heart disease. The study observed 12,700 Hispanic adults living in the United States between the ages of 18 and 76. Researchers found that over 50% of participants in the study consumed 30% or more of their daily calories after 6 pm.
These participants were found to have higher levels of fasting blood sugar (a warning sign associated with prediabetes), higher insulin levels, and higher blood pressure than those who consumed less calories after 6 pm. These participants were noted as having a “delayed lifestyle,” as they tended to go to bed at a later hour and get fewer hours of sleep, explaining why their last meal (or meals) occurred after 6 pm.
Another negative health effect associated with eating at night? An increased risk of experiencing heartburn. One study discovered that eating dinner within three hours of going to bed was associated with a sevenfold increase in the risk of acid reflux symptoms. To avoid acid reflux, doctors recommend not eating anything within four hours of going to bed.
The moral of the story? It’s probably not a bad idea to eat dinner around 6 pm or so, and avoid snacking afterwards. Your heart, your metabolism, and your esophagus (heartburn) will thank you!