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Fruit as a late night snack?


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So I know that eating before bed is not necessarily IDEAL...BUT, I usually find myself craving either a fruit cup, which contains: watermelon, honeydew, canteloupe, pineapple, and grapes; or diet hot chocolate with soy milk. Tonight, it happens to be the fruit cup. Are these okay choices for pre-bed time snacks?

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these are all low cal and pretty healthy. there's absolutely nothing wrong with eating before bed if it fits into your calorie allowance and you have enough energy during the rest of the day, too. it's just bad when your total calories for the day come out way too high because one snack led to another which led to another before bed, or when you're not eating enough during the rest of the day, or when you personally are not able to sleep well having just eaten. but your choices look great.

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I think that it is fine as long as you don't find yourself having trouble going to sleep afterward.  It is my humble opinion that all the no food at night thing is a bunch of hogwash.  It is the normal response of your body to get sleepy after most meals (unless the meal is high in sugar or caffeine).  Ever notice that most people start yawning like crazy right after lunch at work? 

It depends on the snack... if you look up tyramine and tryptophan, it will explain what and why.  Some foods will increase your norepinephrine levels and make you restless (caffeine, obviously - but that includes chocolate... also cheese, processed or aged meats... anything aged actually).  Other foods that will promote sleep are bananas, soy milk, rice, cottage cheese, turkey.  The fruit cup will neither hinder or help sleep as it is neither high in tyramine or high in tryptophan.

 

I usually sleep pretty well, but then again I hadn't considered the late night snacks as contributing to any sleep problems I may have. I was more worried that if you eat right before bed it isn't burned off, or something like that?

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I usually sleep pretty well, but then again I hadn't considered the late night snacks as contributing to any sleep problems I may have. I was more worried that if you eat right before bed it isn't burned off, or something like that?

Your body burns energy even when asleep, just not as much as when it's awake.  If you did happen to have more calories on-hand than can be burned up during the night, and they all somehow got converted and stored as fat (I don't think it's that simple, but let's assume worst-case-scenario), then unless you're eating more calories than you need to maintain your current weight it'll get burned away over the next day.

I don't know, from personal experience I gained weight like crazy when I slept right after my meals (I only ate one meal a day too, high calorie but still.... also didn't exercise then but I felt like I gained more weight around that time period). However fruit sounds pretty healthy :) I had a weird time thing where I slept from 5 in the afternoon to like... 3 in the morning. hahaha.

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