More meals, less amount: Healthier intake
From each person’s cultural or family habits, to their rhythm of life, the factors contributing to the number of daily meals a person eats are many and quite varied. So are the studies carried out in the field. The latest of these indicates that people who eat more meals containing less amount of food throughout the day tend not only have a lower calorie intake, but also to eat healthier than those who eat large amounts of food in a smaller number of meals.
According to Reuters, the study performed by the members of the Imperial College London and the University of Chicago’s Feinberg School of Medicine at Nortwestern, and analyzing data from 2,385 adults obtained from a prior investigation carried out between 1996 and 1999, shows that those people who say that they eat less than four times a day ingest an average of 2,472 calories a day compared to the 2,129 calories ingested by the participants who have from six to more meals a day. In addition to the number of calories, the first group surpassed the second with regard to the Body Mass Index, with an average of 29.0 and 27.3, respectively.
Simultaneously, researchers also observed that the eating habits varied with regard to the number of meals. Thus, while those consuming less meals tended to eat more at night and to drink alcohol with their meals (two factors that, according to the authors, could explain the higher Body Mass Index), in general, the other group tended to eat foods containing less calories and with greater nutritional value, such as vegetables, for example.