It’s been well established that incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet is beneficial for your overall health (and the health of the planet, too!). Now, new research further suggests that the time of day at which you replace meat portions with plants makes a substantial difference; specifically, a new study’s found that sticking to a plant-based diet at dinner can reduce your risk of heart disease by 10 percent.
The research, which was recently published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, examined data from 27,911 U.S. adults, and discovered that those who ate plant-based meals at dinner had a significantly lower risk of heart disease when compared to those who ate refined carbs and meat in the evenings. This was true even if those who abstained from meat and refined carbs at night ate them at other times of day.
“Meal timing along with food quality are important factors to consider when looking for ways to lower your risk of heart disease,” explained study author Ying Li of the Harbin Medical University in Harbin, China, in a press release.