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Monday, October 23, 2017

BEDTIME SNACKS

from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston

Need an incentive to avoid snacks before bedtime? A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at body fat, food consumption and time of day relative to the level of melatonin—which marks the onset of sleep. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reported the timing of when you consume calories relative to your own biological clock may be more important for health than the actual time of day. Lead author Andrew McHill says his team found people with high body fat consumed most of their calories shortly before going to sleep when melatonin levels were high, compared to people with lower percentages of body fat.

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