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How many meals during the day are healthy?

Post Time:2008-03-21 [Large Middle Small]admin View:

It is a very wide spread one of the recommendations for diet that eating more meals but small ones. In the past 40 years, numerous studies have proved the benefits of this habit, but the latest research on animals may overturn this view, which shows that eating two meals daily contributes to the health of experimental animals with extending their life.

According to reports, the experiments with rat show that limiting food intake daily, reducing the time of meals and diet prevent certain diseases and prolong the rat’s life span. With such dietary pattern, the experimental rats show stronger resistance to animal model of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, myocardial infarction, and other cardiovascular diseases, anti-pressure capacity has been strengthened as well.

A study, conducted in American geriatric research centre and neural science laboratory in Baltimore, proved that it can stimulate BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) in the rat brain increasing to limiting the food intake and intermittent fasting. According to the study, BDNF can improve nerve cells resistant to natural aging, enhance recovery capabilities.

The recently released research result shows that doesn’t change the frequency of heart attach and the health parameters in blood significantly that just reducing the meal without reducing intake of calorie, vitamin and mineral. If only eating one meal a day, the fat content in body will be significantly reduced, while temper changes bad, blood pressure and total cholesterol levels in the blood are increased.

Scientists believe it needs further study on how the number of daily meals affects the health, so they recommend that people still eat four or five meals a day.