Why should we eat at fixed times everyday? Is it so we don’t put on weight? Does having dinner after 9 o’clock at night increase the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer? Read on to find out more.
Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have to eat three meals per day to be healthy. On the other hand, fasting is said to help us to live longer.
Is it dangerous to miss a meal?
Although nutritionists recommend eating three meals per day, this rhythm is completely unconnected with our actual metabolic needs. How do we explain this belief in eating three meals per day? In fact, it is an ancient tradition that comes from the Middle Ages.
However, according to a study conducted in 2010, it doesn’t matter if you take the necessary daily calorie intake in one or six meals. Scientists found no hormonal or weight differences between the two groups of control individuals, with some consuming three meals a day and others six.
Forget about your usual habits and place less importance on the frequency of your meals. One thing that could, after all, benefit your metabolism is a period of fasting. Choose a diet which advises fasting for a few consecutive or alternate days. Depriving yourself of calories can cause a slight stress that stimulates the immune system therefore protecting itself from environmental toxins. Fasting is also known to prevent diabetes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular illnesses.
On the other hand, eating late could increase the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer
Spanish scientists have recently revealed that eating late leads to a greater risk of developing breast cancer and prostate cancer. From now on avoid eating after 9 o’clock at night! According to the researchers leading the study, those who immediately go to bed after having supper have 16% more risk of developing breast cancer and 26% more risk of contracting prostate cancer than those who go to bed two hours or more after eating.
Our body creates digestive enzymes which will react differently depending on the foods we eat and at what time we eat them. Chrono-nutrition is a field of food science which has been explored since the 1950s. The concept is to eat according to the biological rhythms of the body placing emphasis on eating the right food at the right time in the right quantities.
We avoid eating after 9 o’clock, because bowel movements stop from 10:30. Otherwise, the body will produce energy that will increase body temperature and prevent us from having a good sleep.
According to another study, eating late at night for eight weeks could increase the risk of diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems. As a result it is recommended to leave at least three hours between the end of your meal and going to bed.