Why are they called moon pies?

I work two jobs, so sometimes the dinner bell doesn’t ring until almost 11. But can sitting down to dinner with Leno or Letterman cause me to gain weight? According to nutrition researchers, it doesn’t.

It’s not the moon, but all the moon pies you eat that adds pounds. A recent study showed night snacking isn’t linked to weight gain, except in overweight people who had eaten their daily calorie intake earlier in the day.

But don’t starve yourself all day to gorge yourself when the sun goes down.

“If you’re listening to cues, then you eat when hungry and stop when satisfied so you’re less likely to overeat regardless of the time of day,” dietitian Marsha Hudnall said.

So veg out with some veggies and salmon under the stars if you’re hungry. Just think: mood lighting.


“Why are they called moon pies?”