The study found that people who consistently ate fruits with lunch or vegetables with dinner had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and other causes, compared with those who followed typical Western diets.
Also, snacking on fruit after breakfast or dairy-based foods after dinner was associated with benefits, compared with starchy snacks.
The findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggest that “the optimal consumption time for fruit was likely in the daytime and the optimal consumption time for vegetables was at dinner.”
The researchers also noted that “dairy-based snacks may be best in the evening.”
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