Measuring meals: structure of prandial food and water intake of rats.

@article{Zorrilla2005MeasuringMS,
  title={Measuring meals: structure of prandial food and water intake of rats.},
  author={Eric Zorrilla and Koki Inoue and Eva M. Fekete and Antoine Tabarin and Glenn R Valdez and George F. Koob},
  journal={American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={288 6},
  pages={R1450-67}
}
Attempts to understand ingestion have sought to understand the control of meals. The present study evaluated a meal definition that included prandial drinking (drinking-explicit meals). The spontaneous nocturnal intake of male Wistar rats was studied. The meal breakpoint was defined as the interval between feeding or drinking events providing the most stable estimate of meal structure. Alternative breakpoints derived from prevailing methodology, log-survivorship, or frequency histogram analysis… CONTINUE READING