Oladapo Ashiru, a professor of Anatomy has advised the public to desist from the habit of eating late at night, especially after 9 pm as doing this is harmful to the body and general health.
Speaking with The Punch, the professor noted food taken after 9 pm will not digest properly before sleeping and this is dangerous to the body.
“The only condition when you could eat after 9 pm is if you can exercise patience to ensure the food digest. But, unfortunately, many people who eat after 9 pm will not wait for the food to digest, they go to bed immediately and this lead to many health problems,” Ashiru explained.
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has corroborated Professor Ashiru’s summation as they had discovered eating late at night could raise the level of insulin levels in the blood which could lead to type 2 diabetes.
Newtelegraph.co.uk reported the researchers found evidence that poor timing of meals could also affect cholesterol levels which could increase the risk of having a heart attack.
The researchers in their study asked nine adults with a healthy weight to eat three meals and two snacks between 8 am and 7 pm for eight weeks and then asked them to do the same but between noon and 11 pm for another eight weeks. To control for sleep, they asked participants to sleep between 11 pm to 9 am for eight weeks.
They found that when participants ate later at night, not only did their weight increase but so did their levels of insulin, glucose, and cholesterol.
They also found that during the first eight weeks of daytime eating, participants produced a hormone, which stimulated the appetite to help them feel fuller for longer.