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When should dinner be eaten?

When should dinner be eaten?

The struggle to maintain a healthy weight increases with age, as our metabolism slows down and things just don't seem to work as they used to. Keeping blood sugar levels in a healthy range is another thing we need to pay more attention to over time. We know what we put in our bodies has a big impact, but new research suggests it's not just about what we eat, but also when we eat it.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has found that when it comes to dinner, earlier is better for several aspects of our health, namely blood sugar levels and fat burning.

Researchers from John's Hopkins University evaluated 20 healthy volunteers (10 men and 10 women) for the study. The researchers analyzed how the volunteers' metabolism was affected by eating dinner at 10:00 p.m. versus eating at 6:00 p.m.
The study found that eating dinner late was associated with higher blood sugar levels and lower fat burning. Their results suggested that even when people ate the same meal, eating dinner at 10pm resulted in blood sugar levels rising by up to 20 per cent, while fat burning was reduced by up to 10 per cent compared to the dinner that was consumed earlier.

So if you weren't already convinced that eating dinner earlier was better for your health, this study shows that it is. Try to eat dinner by 6pm, especially if you usually go to bed at 11pm, and you can be sure you're doing the right thing for your body.