Snacking Linked to Lower Cholesterol

Summer 2002 CSANews Issue 43  |  Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.Back to list

Eating several small meals a day as opposed to eating two or three large meals can play a pivotal role in your body's Cholesterol levels.

What you eat affects your cholesterol, but how often you eat might play a role too, according to the July issue of Mayo Clinic Women's Healthsource.

A study recently published in the British Medical Journal found that people who ate five or six times a day had five percent lower total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (the "bad" kind) than people who ate once or twice a day. Even more striking, the frequent eaters ate more fat and calories than the group who ate one or two meals.

The results are biologically plausible. Animals who eat large, infrequent meals show an increase in cholesterol production. It could be that frequent "snackers" are reaping the benefits of metabolism.

Source: Mayo Clinic Woman's Healthsource

Now let's make all of those snacks healthy ones!