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4 Meals Daily Found Healthier

Friday, 22 June 2012 01:16 PM

Maybe it’s time to retire the concept of three square meals a day? New research conducted in Spain has found adolescents who have four meals or more a day – and don’t eat too fast -- are thinner than those who eat three or fewer, regardless of how much they exercise.
The study -- headed by the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition of the Spanish National Research Council – backs previous studies that have suggested eating fewer, smaller healthy meals a day helps prevent bingeing and overeating. The new research also found eating breakfast on a daily basis is key to maintaining healthy weight, noting teens who skipped this meal had higher body fat levels.
The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, tracked the dietary habits, weight and activity levels of 1,978 adolescents -- aged 13 to 18 years. They found teens’ body fat was lower among those who tended to eat more slowly and had mid-morning snacks, afternoon snacks, and/or more than four meals a day.
"To clarify the effects of dietary habits on obesity it is vital to study them along with other lifestyle habits such as physical activity," said lead researcher Sonia Gómez Martínez.
Researchers recommended that adolescents’ diets include drinking three or four glasses of milk or yogurt for calcium, vitamin D and riboflavin; five or more portions of fruit and vegetables; two portions of lean protein foods; six to twelve portions of cereal, pasta, rice and potatoes; and eat foods rich in fat and sugar in moderation.

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Teens who have more frequent, smaller meals daily are thinner than those who eat three a day.
Friday, 22 June 2012 01:16 PM
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