The results of a study
Eating breakfast early in the morning and not having dinner too late reduces the risk of cardiovascular, coronary and cerebrovascular diseases, heart attack and stroke first and foremost. This is what emerges from a large study that wanted to delve deeper into the already known concept that eating early in the evening is good for your health, examining the effects of meal times on cardiovascular risk. Researchers from the Nutritional epidemiology research team (Eren) of Inserm, Inrae, Sorbonne University in Paris and the Institute of Global Health in Barcelona studied data from 103,389 adults from the NutriNet-Santé cohort from 2009 to 2022 (79% women) analyzing all the information on what people eat during the day and at what times they do it.
The authors of the research, published in ‘Nature Communications’ – recalling that heart and cerebrovascular diseases are the main cause of death in the world and half of all cases are linked to diet – concluded, therefore, that eating too late for first time during the day and too late the last time is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.
In particular, delaying breakfast time increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by 6% for every additional hour of ‘delay’. In other words: A person who typically eats breakfast at 9 a.m. has a 6 percent greater risk of having cardiovascular disease than someone who eats breakfast at 8 a.m. While delaying dinner increases the risk of stroke by 8% for each hourhowever there is no increase in the risk of coronary heart disease.