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02 Feb

Eating cottage cheese before bedtime can help shed weight and improve well being.

The low-calorie snack boosts the metabolism, muscle and overall health – even while you are asleep, according to research.

Many believe a late-night snack increases the risk of obesity, but that isn’t the case with protein-rich foods such as cottage cheese, said nutritionist Professor Michael Ormsbee of Florida State University.

His team found that having two tablespoons of the snack before turning in was actually good for well-being. The study, “Boosts muscle and metabolism published in the British Journal of Nutrition, is one of the first to test whole foods instead of supplements.

Ten active young women were given an ounce of cottage cheese before bed. In the morning, their resting energy expenditure levels were the same as If they had been given a health shake.

Cottage cheese is abundant in a protein called casein, which releases slowly into the body. This ensures a steady supply of amino acids through the night. These help build muscle and regulate Immune function.

Dr Ormsbee said the study suggests ‘whole foods work Just as well as protein supplementation, and gives people options for pre-sleep nutrition beyond powders and shaker bottles’.

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