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This is the Best Time of Day to Eat a High-Fat Meal

French fry fiend? Can't go a day without eating a burger? Tamper down the damaging effects of fatty fare by indulging your taste buds before lunchtime.

If you're interested in health and nutrition, you most likely know that all fats are not created equal. The healthy fats found in avocados, for example, can fuel weight loss and ward off inflammation. Those lurking in a basket of French fries, however, have the opposite effect.

But it's not all bad news for burger and fry lovers; a group of Texas A&M University researchers recently discovered that consuming meals high in saturated fats early in the morning (hello, hash browns!) is better for your health than eating them later in the day. Why? When we hit up the drive through late at night, it messes with our cells' internal clocks, exacerbating the body's inflammatory response to greasy grub. And just as a friendly reminder, inflammation is a pretty big deal! When the body is frequently inflamed, your risk for metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes and obesity spikes—definitly not what you want!

So, what should you do to stay healthy and trim? If fast food is your jam, try swapping burgers and nuggets for a drive-thru breakfast. If giving up your favorite McDonald's or BK dinner is totally out of the question, add more foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like nuts and salmon) to your diet. According to the study authors, doing so won't completely block the disease-causing inflammation, but it will lessen the effects a bit! Hey, every little bit helps, right?


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