Timing of Meals Important

We all know that when it comes to heart health, what we consume is a primary consideration. But according to a recent statement released by the American Heart Association (AHA), the timing of our meals may also influence heart risk.

According to Marie-Pierre St. Once, associate professor of Nutritional Medicine at Columbia University in NYC, spreading our meals through out the day can help keep insulin and blood sugar level throughout the day.

Additionally, it’s harder to get all of the nutrition we need simply from eating 2-3 meals per day. Well-balanced nutrition consists of eating a variety of nutritionally dense foods on a daily basis.

What about Breakfast?

The study failed to verify a common theory: that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This may not necessarily be true, although other studies indicate that people who eat breakfast have lower blood pressure, better cholesterol numbers and more regulated blood sugar and insulin levels.

Another reason it may be better to eat breakfast:  the majority of our calories should be consumed before evening; this is because it’s harder for the body to process glucose late in the day. 

Defined Meal Times Important

In addition to eating more frequently throughout the day, researchers discovered that grazing all day isn’t necessarily a good idea. Instead, having defined mealtimes that are consistent and several hours apart is the best approach  when it comes to heart health. Doing so helps keep blood sugar regulated and consistent throughout the day

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