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Like a Bedtime Snack? What to Eat

August 7, 2016
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bedtime snackMany people enjoy eating before going to bed. You should know that not all snacks are the same.

You know what foods you should not be eating. Ice cream and chips are bad for many reasons. Experts say some foods can help you get a good night’s sleep. Fruit is the right thing to eat.

Bedtime snacking reflects the way we live. Many people skip meals because of work and other duties. A noted doctor says, “But then after 11 p.m. or midnight, you are hungry. So what you are doing is not snacking. You are replacing that normal meal (dinner) with something quick and easy to consume.”

Night owls go for high-energy foods that contain a great deal of fat and protein. The body wants these foods in the morning to get energy. Eating fat and protein late at night sends the wrong message to the body. They inflame the body and increase the risk of heart disease.

If you are going to eat before going to bed, the solution is to eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. These “good fats” work to reduce inflammation. If you eat them, you may get away with also eating a candy bar.

Hints to getting a good night’s sleep:

·      Leafy greens and pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, which can relax muscles.

·      Milk, unprocessed turkey and hazelnuts convert into the neurotransmitter serotonin. This helps the body sleep.

·      Fruits like cherries, bananas and pineapples trigger the production of melatonin. This hormone signals your body that it is time to sleep.

One expert says, at the end fruit is the best bedtime snack.

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