Not as catchy, but you are what you eat when you eat it

Remember that old catchphrase “You are what you eat”?

Well, if you don’t remember it, too bad for you cuz you are probably too young to also remember Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles, early Stones, early Neil Young, newly-minted Paul Simon (and Garfunkel), the wonderful perennial-champion Montreal Canadiens, Yoko Ono, and the Cuban Missile Crisis although the latter couple are good things not to be able to remember, I guess.

Anyway, trust me on this: You are what you eat was a very popular catchphrase (not to mention a phrase to stimulate guilt about not eating properly) for at least a couple of generations, and probably led to some people at least trying to improve their diet to lower their risk of dying of a heart attack.

Turns out, though, that if you want to lower your risk of diet-related health problems, especially cardiovascular conditions, it may be equally important to eat those good things at the right time.

So, according to a recent American study of over 27,000 people, “overconsumption of low-quality carbohydrates and animal protein at dinner rather than breakfast was significantly associated with higher cardiovascular risk” and that substituting high-quality carbohydrates or plant protein at dinner could lower that risk.

One warning, though, to people who might mis-interpret these results: I really doubt that this means you can eat all the crap you want to eat early in the day as long as you eat lotsa veggies for dinner although . . .