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Evening Eating Tied to Higher Calorie Intake, Lower Diet Quality

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Eating a lot in the evening tends to heighten overall daily energy intake and is linked with a poorer quality diet, suggests a new study that looked into the calorie content and nutritional value of food relative to the time of day of consumption.

Investigators obtained data on 1177 adults from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey, which collects information on food consumption, nutrient intake, and nutritional status of the UK general population. There were 4 groups - Quartile 1, in which evening consumption accounted for < 31.4% of total energy intake; quartile 2, > 31.4% to 40.4%; quartile 3, > 40.4% to 48.6%; and quartile 4, > 48.6%. The overall mean proportion of energy consumption in the evening was nearly 40% of the total energy intake (39.8% ± 13.6%). Individuals with the lowest proportion of evening energy intake (quartile 1, approximately 8437 kJ/day or approximately 2000 calories) appeared to have a significantly lower total energy intake in comparisonwith those in quartile 2 (approximately 9284 kJ/day; P < .001), quartile 3 (9108 kJ/day; P = .002), and quartile 4 (9156 kJ/day; P = .001).

The study was presented during the virtual European and International Congress on Obesity (ECOICO 2020)… (Medscape)

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