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See what eating late at night could do to your body

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It’s time to kick the habit of late night snacking after new research suggests it could lead to a potentially deadly condition. Eating late at night increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes because it raises levels of harmful blood fats.

Shift work, in particular, is triggering the illnesses because people are eating their main meals at the wrong time of the day, scientists have discovered.

Jetlag, or simply staying up late, is also leading to dangerous midnight feasts.

The new research involved testing rats by feeding them at different times of the day.

This is what eating late at night does to your body

It found that when the animals ate at the start of their rest period there was a dramatic spike in blood fats, compared to if they were fed just before they became active.

The blood fats – called triglycerides – are produced in the liver and come from meat, dairy products and cooking oils. They can clog arteries and imflame the pancreas, leading to heart disease or diabetes.

The latest findings, published in the journal Experimental Physiology, suggested the body’s 24 hour cycle is to blame.

This is what eating late at night does to your body

Dr Ruud Buijs, one of the authors of the journal, said: ‘The fact we can ignore our biological clock is important for survival.

‘We can decide to sleep during the day when we are extremely tired, or we run away from danger at night.

‘However, doing this frequently – with shift work, jet lag, or staying up late at night – will harm our health in the long term especially when we eat at times when we should sleep.’

In the last decade studies have documented triglycerides can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Dr Buijs said: ‘Studies show that night workers, who have activity and meal patterns shifted towards the night have an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases.’

According to a 2013 study, people who ate early in the day lost approximately 12 percent of their body weight, while late eaters lost only 8 percent, even though they all followed the same diet and exercise regime.

 

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UN FAO: Food prices jump in January.

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Food prices rose in January, and has become stronger for vegetable oils and sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 164.8 points last month against 161.8 in December.

In spite of the rise, the index was still 2.2 per cent below its January 2018 level.



The FAO dairy price index jumped 7.2 per cent from December’s value, ending seven months of declines.

FAO said limited export supplies from Europe, caused by strong internal demand, was the main driving force behind the increase.

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FAO’s vegetable oil price index rose 4.3 per cent from the previous month, while its sugar index rose 1.3 per cent and its cereal index made marginal gains on December.

The meat price index was largely unchanged.

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FAO lifted its latest world cereal production forecast for 2018 to 2.611 billion tonnes, slightly higher than the December reading, reflecting upward revisions for maize, wheat and rice.

“Much of the projected growth is associated with expected increases in Europe, where beneficial weather has so far shored up yield prospects while also sowings are forecast to expand, largely driven by attractive prices,” FAO said.

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Cells that could prevent obesity, diabetes, hypertension found by American scientists.

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An American scientists has discovered a group of cells in the small intestine that slows down metabolism and increase fat accumulation.

The study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature  may lend a clue to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes and hypertension.



Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US found that mice lacking those cells called intraepithelial T lymphocytes or natural IELs could burn fat and sugar without gaining weight.

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When those cells are present, they suppress a hormone that speeds up metabolism and conserves more energy it gets from food.

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Such a mechanism used to be an evolutionary advantage when food was scarce in ancient time, but “with the food so abundant,this energy-saving mechanism can backfire and lead to unhealthy outcomes,” said the paper’s lead researcher Filip Swirski from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Swirski’s study can eventually contribute to cardiovascular disease and other metabolic ailments.

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