September 26, 2012

Nine meals a day might be the right number

Eating three meals a day, like maybe you’ve been used to, seems it’s not enough if you want to be healthy, and to keep your body in good shape.

Specialists are trying to find out how many times a day we should eat, and since now, they’ve discovered it would be better if we could have as many as nine meals every day. They believe this may help lowering the blood pressure and cholesterol, and even encourage the weight loss.

Dr Susan Jebb, head of the Medical Research Council’s Human Nutrition Research Unit says “splitting food intake so we eat many times a day will have metabolic benefits over and above the same food consumed in a small number of meals.”

In one of the studies made by scientists from Imperial College, London, more than 2,000 people from UK, Japan, China and U.S had to eat the same number of calories and food. Half of the participants had to eat fewer than six times a day, while the others ate more than six times. Results showed that eating more often, meaning at least four meals a day speeds up metabolism and lowers the risk of obesity. Still, it is important that one meal has an average of 300 calories.

Though it is not clear why eating more often has these benefits, specialist say frequent meals prevent a high influx of fatty acids, that build-up fats in arteries, leading to high blood pressure.

Eating more frequently you prevent the sudden accumulation of fatty acids, and you help your body deal with the intake more effectively.