Late Night Snacks

Origin Nutrition Topic 41: Late Night Snacks?  Good or Bad?

The Broscience:

No Carbs after 7:00, because your metabolism slows down.  Take this Article by Dirk’s health with recommends not eating late at night because your metabolism slows down.1  Notice the lack of citations to authority.

The Truth:

The premise behind this broscience is false.  Metabolism during the REM cycle in healthy individuals is often higher than resting metabolism.2  Plus, it has been clinically demonstrated that eating carbs before going to bed helps people fall asleep.3

“Carbs at Night Help with Weight Loss?”

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Low Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

All you need to Know about Low Sugar Recipes

When dealing with complicated topics like nutrition and fitness, the internet can be a scary place in terms of finding accurate information.  For example, I found these two recipes on two highly respected food websites.

“No Sugar Oatmeal Recipes #1”

“No Sugar Oatmeal Recipes #2” Sparkpeople

The recipes read something like this:

3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1⁄3 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup apple sauce


Newsflash internet recipe makers … bananas contain 19 grams of sugar per serving.  And raisins — a whopping 25grams.  Cranberries?  More sugar.  Applesauce?  Unless it’s unsweetened, it is laden with sugar.

So can you make Sugar Free Oatmeal Cookies?

Yes, but to make them taste good, you need use spices instead of sweeteners.  Here’s my favorite recipe:

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