Eating dinner at 7 pm every night may help you live longer: Research
There's new evidence that those who eat dinner on the earlier side may even live longer, according to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.
This research zeroed in on L'Aquila, a province in Abruzzo, Italy, with a high population of nonagenarians (people between the ages of 90 and 99) and centenarians (people who are 100 years old).
In surveying 68 nonagenarians and centenarians in the region, researchers discovered that on average most of them ate early dinners—usually around 7:13 p.m. each night.
Other factors may be at play too. The researchers observed a general adherence to calorie restriction lasting for 17.5 hours between dinner and the following lunch.
In general, the survey respondents consumed high amounts of cereals, vegetables, fruits, and legumes; low amounts of meat, processed meat, and eggs; and minor amounts of sweets. They also kept physically active by doing their own upkeep on their land.
According to the researchers, recent findings showed the role of late-night eating in metabolic disorders, highlighting the importance of meal timing for health.
"Our results support the importance of a daily caloric restriction lapse, hampering nocturnal postprandial stress and optimising metabolic response, associated with high consumption of plant-based foods and physical activity for the longevity of centenarians from Abruzzo," the scientists said.