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Science reveals why eating dinner BEFORE 6pm is good for your health

When you’ve got a hectic schedule running around after kids, it’s not easy to eat dinner until everyone is in bed somedays.

But scientists have found that there are HEAPS of health benefits to eating your dinner before 6pm.

Science reveals why eating dinner BEFORE 6pm is good for your health

Here’s why eating BEFORE 6pm is good for your health

A year-long study by scientists at Columbia University has found that those who eat later in the evening were more likely to have high blood pressure, a higher body mass index (MBI) and higher blood sugar level.

112 women, who were aged 33 on average, were given a heart health score at the start of the study, then one year later.

They kept electronic food diaries on how much they age and the time of day they ate. The results showed that eating after 6pm caused numerous health problems.

Science reveals why eating dinner BEFORE 6pm is good for your health

Another study by Harvard researchers found that men who regularly had a ‘midnight’ or late evening snack were 55% more likely to develop coronary heart disease.

“We evolved to adopt a 24-hour light and dark cycle, meaning we eat and are active during the day and we sleep at night,” lead researcher Dr Nour Makarem told the Today Show.

“But our more demanding work schedules and commutes push everything later and now we are eating at unconventional times.

“So far, lifestyle approaches to prevent heart disease have focused on what we eat and how much we eat.

“These preliminary results indicate that intentional eating that is mindful of the timing and proportion of calories in evening meals may represent a simple, modifiable behaviour that can help lower heart disease risk.”

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