If you want to live longer, have dinner every day at 7:13 p.m.!

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    According to an Italian study conducted on centenarians, an early dinner hour would help increase its longevity.

    There would be an ideal hour for dinner. This is what researchers have demonstrated by studying the rhythm of life of Italian nonagenarians and centenarians in the Abruzzo region. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.

    A study conducted on 68 nonagenarians and centenarians

    Recent findings have shown the role of late-night meals in metabolic disorders, highlighting the importance of mealtimes for health. 68 Italian nonagenarians and centenarians were questioned about their way of life. The goal? Analyze meal times and their eating habits, linking them to longevity in the elderly.

    Out of a total of 68 volunteers, ie 46 women and 22 men, 46 were between 90 and 99 years old, while 22 were centenarians, aged 107 at most. The subjects were all of normal weight and, with the exception of hypertension which affected 72% of the individuals, they were very little affected by hypertriglyceridemia (4%) or hypercholesterolemia (19%).

    Centenarians dine at 7:13 p.m.

    The results showed that dining at a fixed time and early in the evening was beneficial for health. What time should dinner start?

    Dinner, consisting mainly of vegetable soups, polenta, vegetables, eggs or cheese, was eaten on average at 7:13 p.m. The breakfast meal was eaten on average at 6:18 a.m. and included leftovers dinner, milk and bread, or a slice of bread with ham. The main meal of the day was lunch, consisting of meat, pasta or polenta, and beans, and averaged around 12:38 p.m.

    The benefits of a 17.5 hour calorie restriction

    A “early dinner” would also allow a caloric restriction period of 17.5 h between dinner and the following lunch.

    The researchers pointed to the importance of a “daily calorie restriction time frame”, i.e. taking a break from eating. This time avoids “nocturnal postprandial stress” (a stressful night) and optimize the metabolic response.

    But it’s important to note that dinner time isn’t the only factor in longevity. The 68 participants indicated that the frequency of their consumption of cereals, vegetables, fruits and legumes was high while that of meat, processed meat and eggs was low. They have all also been physically active throughout their lives.


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