Life can get a little hectic sometimes and you can just lose track of what meals you've eaten. We've all had those days where dinner comes a little later than normal, but at one point is it too late? Or is there even such a thing?
According to some experts, if you eat your dinner after 7pm you are doing more damage to your heart than a high-sodium diet would. Eating you dinner later puts you at a higher risk of heart attacks.
If you eat dinner within two hours of going to bed, your body could be left on "high alert" which doesn't allow your blood pressure to fall properly while you're sleeping. According to a study in Turkey, more than 700 men and women with high blood pressure were looked at to determine how their eating times affected their health. Those who ate later were twice as likely to suffer from "non-dipper hypertension", when your blood pressure doesn't drop overnight.
25% of people who ate later did not experience proper blood pressure drops, whereas only 14% of people who ate early experienced this same thing.
Doctors at Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey suggested that modern life and artificial lighting have caused us to take up more erratic eating behaviors throughout the day. They suggest defining specific times to eat our meals throughout the day instead of going with the flow. The doctors say when we eat is just as important as what we eat.
Do you have specific meal times set out? Let us know!