Almost two in five people snack at least twice a day between meals, figures show.
A new poll found that 37% of UK adults grab a bite to eat between breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And more than one in 10 (13%) even snack after they’ve had an evening meal every night of the week, according to the survey conducted to mark Gut Week, which is run by digestive charities Core and the IBS Network.
The survey of 2,000 adults found that many are spending less and less time eating their meals, with a quarter saying that they spend under five minutes on breakfast and a third admitting to wolfing down their lunch in less than 10 minutes.
IBS Network medical adviser Dr Nick Read said: “It’s important to allow enough time for digestion and to eat at set times.
“Rushing to finish a meal or snacking ‘on the go’ can hinder digestion leading to bloating, abdominal pain and bowel upset.
“Eating just before going to bed impairs sleep and can lead to emotional tension and indigestion the next day.”
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