Is Late-Night Eating Bad For Me?

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Is Late-Night Eating Bad For Me?

January 16, 2024

Is Late-Night Eating Bad For Me?

Are you a late-night snacker? Do you sometimes get home late and push dinner back to 8 or 9 PM? Perhaps you’ve heard somewhere that eating right before bed is “bad for you”? Is this true? Does the timing of our eating have any impact on our health? How can we know??

RELAX! Your Doctor Friends have got you covered. To start off the new year (and following our trend of starting January episodes with “resolution-adjacent” topics), Jeremy did a deep dive into the data behind “chrono-nutrition”. CHRONO= time, and NUTRITION= well… nutrition. Put them together and you’ve got the concept of following your body’s circadian rhythm to time out your eating habits!

What happens when we eat late? Does it affect our sleep? What about our metabolism? Is there benefit to changing up our eating times? Your Doctor Friends have scoured the evidence and would love to present you with a little “book report” to help you decide what works best for YOU.

Listen to the end for our “dessert” topic, where Julie discusses the new FDA-approved home testing for sexually-transmitted infections!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS! It’s great to be back 🙂 – J&J

Resources for this episode include:

An October 2023 article from Clinical Nutrition about chrononutrition using NHANES data.

A NYT article titled “Is It Bad to Eat Late at Night?“.

The CDC website for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

A January 2023 article from Verywell Health about chrononutrition.

A May 2023 article from Verywell Health titled “Is Eating Before Bed Bad For You?“.

The NIH webpage discussing circadian rhythms.

An NBC News article from November 2023 titled “Will first FDA-approved at-home test for gonorrhea, chlamydia ease the epidemic?“.

The FDA news release regarding its approval of the “Simple 2” gonorrhea and chlamydia home test.

Link to the “Let’s Get Checked” website for the “Simple 2” at-home gonorrhea and chlamydia home test.

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