In the past thereâ€™s been some talk about eating â€˜little and oftenâ€™ to keep blood sugar and energy levels steady, but for most people that seemed a little faddy.
But research is emerging to suggest eating little and often is healthier for us, and that we should be having as many as nine meals every day.
This may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and even encourage weight loss.
â€˜Splitting food intake so we eat many times a day will have metabolic benefits over and above the same food consumed in a small number of meals,â€™ says Dr Susan Jebb, head of the Medical Research Councilâ€™s Human Nutrition Research Unit.
In one of the latest studies, scientists from Imperial College, London, compared the diets of more than 2,000 people from the UK, Japan, China and the U.S.
While they all had the same calorie intake and food, half the participants ate fewer than six times a day, while the remainder ate more than six times.