nibbling diet

nibbling diet

The consumption of small amounts of food between the normal three meal-a-day regimen followed by most individuals. The terms snacking and nibbling are sometimes used interchangeably; American colloquial usage might define snacking as the “off-hour”—i.e., off-mealtime—consumption of food, usually of junk/snack foods; in contrast, nibbling is a similarly intermittent consumption of food, but usally between meals and often of healthy foods.

In one study, a nibbling diet reduced the total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and apo-B by 9%, 14% and 15%, respectively; during the nibbling diet, mean serum insulin, urinary C-peptide and 24-hour excretion of cortisol decreased by 28%, 20% and 17%, respectively.

nibbling diet

Nutrition The consumption of food 'á petit pas,' between the 'normal' 3 meal-a-day regimen followed by most individuals, and either binging–gorging or snacking diets. See Binge, Junk food.
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A study by Jenkins and colleagues (17) reported that when seven men were put on two metabolically identical diets, one consisting of 17 snacks per day (nibbling diet) and the other, three meals per day (gorging diet), fasting serum total and low density lipoprotein cholesterol levels were lower when they consumed the nibbling diet compared to the gorging diet, despite the nutritional equivalence of the two diets.