Chrono-nutrition – Does ‘when’ we eat affect our health?

Chrononutrition is an emerging field of nutritional science. Many people have not heard the term chrono-nutrition or have explored the way in which our circadian rhythm is connected to how we eat. Our next chat explores this area and we are delighted to have Professor Alex Johnstone join us as a guest moderator to share her wealth of expertise in this area.

Alex is a Registered Nutritionist with the UK Association for Nutrition (RNutr) and enjoys working with local, national and international food industry sector colleagues, to develop evidence in exploring the relationship between diet and health. She leads a research team to assess eating as a form of behaviour at The Rowett Institute, part of the School of Medical Sciences, Dentistry and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen.

She obtained her PhD in 2001 and has extensively published scientific papers on the role of appetite across the life course. Appetite is a major influence to what and when we eat, and she has conducted diet trials in studies with children through to the elderly, to particularly assess the role of dietary protein on motivation to eat. Recent work has been to examine the role of timing of eating on energy balance where she is a key collaborator with EU colleagues and leads internationally competitive work through EU and UK Research and Innovation grant awards.

Join us on Tuesday 18th May, 8-9pm to discuss the following questions on chrono-nutrition. As always, start your answer with A1, A2, A3 etc and don’t forget to add #Chrono_Nutr to every tweet.

Q1: What is your understanding of the terms circadian rhythm and chrono-nutrition?

Q2: What is the current evidence on breakfast eating/skipping and its impact on dietary patterns and health? 

Q3: Does time of eating influence body weight?

Q4: Share diet and lifestyle advice to support shift workers.

Q5: What impact might late night eating have on health?

Q6: Is time restricted eating a useful tool for weight management?

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