Eating Dinner at 7 P.M. Every Night May Help You Live Longer, New Study Suggests
As you already know, lifestyle factors such as the amount of exercise you get every day, as well as how long you sleep at night, impact your health and may even influence your lifespan. Now, there's evidence that those who eat dinner on the earlier side may even live longer, according to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.
This research zeroed in on L'Aquila, a province in Abruzzo, Italy, with a high population of nonagenarians (people between the ages of 90 and 99) and centenarians (people who are 100 years old). In surveying 68 nonagenarians and centenarians in the region, researchers discovered that on average most of them ate early dinners—usually around 7:13 p.m. each night.
After digging into their findings, the researchers also noted that the group followed a tight calorie regimen (they maintained low calorie intake for 17.5 hours from dinner to lunch the next day). In general, the survey respondents consumed high amounts of cereals, vegetables, fruits, and legumes; low amounts of meat, processed meat, and eggs; and minor amounts of sweets. They also kept physically active by doing their own upkeep on their land.
"Our results support the importance of a daily caloric restriction lapse, hampering nocturnal postprandial stress and optimising metabolic response, associated with high consumption of plant-based foods and physical activity for the longevity of centenarians from Abruzzo," the scientists added.