Health Exchange: Finally, a bedtime snack that’s actually good for your health

Good news: There is a late-night snack that’s actually good for you.

Consuming 30 grams of protein about 30 minutes before going to bed appears to have a positive effect on muscle quality, metabolism and overall health, according to a study published in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed British Journal of Nutrition. The study was carried out by Michael Ormsbee, associate professor of nutrition, food and exercise sciences at Florida State University, and Samantha Leyh, a former graduate student at the university.

The study’s participants comprised of active young women in their early 20s. They ate samples of cottage cheese 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime.

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