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Food & Nutrition

Is Nighttime Snacking Good or Bad For You?

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Man late night snacking.
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Peanut butter.
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Pro: Protein after an evening workout can improve protein synthesis


Women snacking together at night.
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Con: Nighttime snacking reduces fat oxidation, increases LDL cholesterol in women


Woman eating cereal.
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Pro: Cereal before bed could be good for weight management


Woman can't sleep.
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Con: Eating close to bedtime can negatively affect sleep


Unpeeling a banana at night.
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Pro: Nighttime snack is better than a large meal


Man eating chips at night.
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Con: Night eating associated with emotional eating, boredom and anxiety


Energy bar.
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Pro: Eating an energy bar may regulate blood sugar


Standing on a scale.
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Con: Disrupting natural circadian cycles with eating dramatically affects weight gain


Woman eating a snack at night.
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Pro: Late-night snacks improve nutritional status and lean body mass among cirrhosis patients


Woman eating at night.
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Con: Night eating syndrome


Chris Regal

Chris Regal

Christopher Regal is a former Web Producer for a variety of conditions on HealthCentral.com, including osteoarthritis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, Migraine, and prostate health. He edited, wrote, and managed writers for the website. He joined HealthCentral in November 2009 after time spent working for a political news organization. Chris is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and is a native of Albany, New York.