This is what moms have been saying to babies for generations.
Today, a leading nutrition expert says his advice not to eat between meals is backed up by scientific data.
Professor Tim Spector insisted that one of the simplest ways to lose weight is a blanket ban on all foods outside of meals.
He said the evidence suggests that snacking between meals doesn’t ruin your appetite for dinner – as moms warn – but “ultra-processed” snacks like cookies and chips make you hungrier and therefore prone to eat more food.
Professor Spector, an expert in genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, said: “If people are concerned about their health and weight, they should avoid eating between meals.
“It’s really remarkable that people in Mediterranean countries, who don’t have the same level of obesity problem we see in Britain, generally don’t snack between meals.
“The concept that people will suffer if they don’t eat something at 11am and 4pm is strange and recent.”
Professor Spector looked at the evidence on snacking for his book Food For Life: The New Science of Eating Well, which was serialized in the Daily Mail.
He said: “Most of the snacks that Brits eat are ultra-processed foods like cookies, snack bars, chocolate and chips and should be avoided.
“There is good evidence that it makes us hungrier, with people eating about 10% more than when they eat a large meal or choose regular foods as a snack.”
Professor Spector, co-founder of personalized nutrition company Zoe, added: “The worst time of day to have a snack is in the evening, when many people have an extra dinner of chips, cakes, ice cream or hot chocolate. sweetened. .
Recommend fresh fruit and nuts together as the healthiest snack choice.