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I had always been told that food takes approx. 5 hours to totally get out of your stomach. I had read/heard that if you add more food to that, your stomach has to stop and basically start over. After a while, the food is basically fermenting in your stomach. So, even though I snack, I see it as HUGE NO-NO. (Even healthy snacks) Now, my new doctor says that isn't true (I have read too about eating more frequently to keep your blood sugars level and your metabolism up), and that it is important to get enough healthy snacks, especially for growing children/teenagers. Anyone have any good information on this? What is the verdict here ladies?
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IMO eating small snacks throughout the day is MUCH better for you. You keep you blood sugar levels even as you mentioned and youre body never has to wonder when or if it's getting it's next food source. You body thrives on routine and consistant nutrients, if you are not eating for a long time, then having a huge meal, you're sending everything all out of wack. You body would start conserving more fat as well, because it would know when it was going to get more. KWIM?
I've never heard of your body having to start digestion over again everytime you eat. That's a new one to me.
For me, during the day, I eat about every 2 hours. Just something small, like a banana, apple, a few crackers, some baby carrots, cheese, etc. Then I eat a regular sized meal with the family at dinnertime.