Even where fitness and nutrition are concerned, timing is everything. Researchers from Texas A&M University believe they have pinpointed an optimal time to eat saturated fats in order to reduce their harmful effects.
According to the study, the problems associated with saturated fats have more to do with when you eat them than anything else. “Chronic inflammation is determined by what saturated fats you have in your diet and when you eat them,” explains study author David Earnest, Ph.D. “The best time to eat a high-fat meal is early in the morning and the worst time is late at night.”
Science has yet to determine exactly why, but studies show that saturated fat produces the most inflammation when eaten late at night. In turn, that increases your risk for metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Irregularities in your work schedule and mealtimes further exacerbate the issue.
Fortunately, Earnest says there’s a small fix if you smash a late-night slice of pizza to mitigate the damage from hours of drinking. The inflammatory response can be disrupted with DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. If you eat your meals at sporadic times or consume saturated fats late at night, bolster your diet with foods high in omega-3s to counteract the negative effects. Try nuts and salmon.