HABITUAL LATE-NIGHT DINNERS CONTAINING HIGH DENSITY FOOD CAN GIVE RISE TO CANCER IN ANY PART OF THE DIGESTIVE TRACT.
(© 23 March , 2012: Dr. V.M.Palaniappan, Ph.D) Dear Friends,
Did you read my previous posting on colo-rectal / bowel cancer?
I wanted to add on one more very important addition to the list of causative factors that could give this cancer.
Under-urination + Excessive calcium intake + Consuming over-ripe fruits such as papaya and biscuits that make the faeces slimy, etc. were very valid points.
The additional information has relevance to the TIME OF EATING !
The food in our alimentary canal is pushed down essentially by the squeezing action called peristalsis.
This gradually ceases to function while we are deep asleep during nocturnal hours - mostly between about 11.00 p.m. and next morning, about 5.00 p.m. or so.
The exact timing of the stoppage of peristalsis needs confirmation.
However, if you eat at 7, 7.30 or so, the food gets transported without any problem.
Food eaten after this hour tends to get stagnated at various locations along the intestinal tract, and stays there until peristalsis resumes the next morning.
This leads to some amount of indigestion and discomfort, and these may not mean much of a problem.
The worst thing that happens is, the calcium content (in the undigested food, along with a few more of the water-soluble substances present in it) gets absorbed by the glandular adenoma cells that line up the inner wall of the alimentary canal.
This absorption of the calcium too can give rise to cancer in any part of the intestinal tract, including the colon.
This fact will become evident if you can interview a colon cancer patient if he/she has been (a) eating dinner very late daily night, and (b) if his faeces is slimy most of the time.
Therefore, friends, kindly avoid eating late-night dinners ALL the time.
However, occasional late-night dinner does not affect your system. So, one need not develop any phobia for eating after 8.00 p.m. The important point is that you should not make it a habit to dine late night all the time.
Even if you happen to eat at 7.00 p.m., please avoid sleeping immediately after eating your food: you have to allow some time for the emptying of the stomach content down into the small intestine.
That means, you should wait at least for an hour (minimum) after food, before going to sleep. A little longer interval will, of course, be more beneficial.
Another point worthy of remembering is: It would be better to AVOID eating HIGH DENSITY food (e.g., Briyani, food with too much oil - deep fried items of animal origin -e.g., chicken, mutton, beef, etc., with LATE-NIGHT DINNERS. (It is OK to eat with early dinners, and very good if you can eat for LUNCH, and also for breakfast.)
Even eating a lot of vegetables during late-night dinner time is NOT good for the same set of reasons described above.
If you happen to feel hungry by 10 or 11 p.m., you can either take a hot easy-to-digest beverage (not coffee or tea), or eat something of low density: e.g., Bee Hoon, Pau, or something very light, and you will be safe on that count !
OK, friends, please take care by avoiding late-night dinners that may contain hard-to-digest high density food items.
With best wishes,
Dr. Palani, Ph.D.