Most of us have done it: Late-night noshing while streaming our favorite series. Or maybe it’s that your schedule is so chaotic that you often find yourself eating dinner at 10 p.m. And sure, you know it’s not ideal, but is it actually harmful?
Well, a recent study looked at the link between patterns of eating late and heart disease. “Meal timing regulates the biological clocks that are involved in several circadian functions like regulating blood pressure, metabolism and hormonal secretion,” says Bernard Srour, PharmD, PhD, MPH, professor of epidemiology, INRAE, Inserm, Sorbonne Paris Nord University, co-author of the study. “Former studies have found possible links between breakfast-skipping and less favorable metabolic health. But not much is known on the link between meal timing and cardiovascular diseases.”
Researchers looked at the habits of more than 103,000 adults to assess whether the times they ate food could have a link with the risk of cardiovascular disease — beyond the nutritional quality of the diet, says Srour. Understanding this possible connection could be helpful as a strategy for protecting heart health.
Excerpted from Good Housekeeping