According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high cholesterol affects over 12% of the U.S. adult population. High cholesterol has no symptoms but does raise the risk of heart disease. While there are many ways to help lower cholesterol, a new study shows that meal timing may affect overall cholesterol levels.
For this study, researchers collected data from a total of 1,283 female participants. Their food intake was assessed, and participants were asked to note when they ate their meals each day. Their diet was converted to calories using a dietary conversion scale to note how many calories a day each woman was eating. Over the course of the study, the women had their cholesterol levels measured to see if there were any changes over time.
When reviewing the data, researchers noted something interesting. Women who consumed most of their daily calories before their last meal of the day had the lowest cholesterol levels. Women who consumed most of their daily calories with their last meal had the highest.
Eating the majority of your day’s calories before the evening may help lower cholesterol overall.
Chen HJ, et al. “Energy intake at different times of the day: Its association with elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels” Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. Published Online Jan 14 2019