Beating the blues with food? A new study adds evidence that meal timing may affect mental health, including levels of depression- and anxiety-related mood. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, designed a study that simulated night work and then tested the effects of daytime and nighttime eating versus daytime eating only. The team found that, among participants in the daytime and nighttime eating group, depression-like mood levels increased by 26 percent and anxiety-like mood levels by 16 percent. Participants in the daytime-only eating group did not experience this increase, suggesting that meal timing may influence mood vulnerability. Results are published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Recent studies indicate that when we eat may be as relevant as what we eat. To extend the daily fasting period may override the negative health effects of a high-fat diet and prevent obesity, diabetes and liver disease in mice, according to scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Science Daily reported that mice limited to eating during an 8 hours period were healthier than mice that ate freely throughout the day, regardless of the quality and content of their diet. The aim of the study was to determine whether obesity and metabolic diseases came from a high-fat diet or from disruption of metabolic cycles. (The Wall Street Journal had much to say about the importance of when we eat.) Continue reading