“In What We Eat in America a survey by the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, it was found that adults are consuming a lot of empty calories from snacks alone. From the 5,000 adults surveyed, they discovered that men are consuming 923 snack calories every day from nutrient-poor foods (candy, cookies, soda, chips, etc.), while women are consuming 625 snack calories.”
The Great American Snack Attack. This statistics shows a large portion of our daily calories is going for snacks—more accurately—nutrient-poor snacks. This means that we aren’t grabbing a carrot stick or an apple for a snack, but a Twinkie or a Peanut Butter Snack Cracker.
Most diets include snacks. Some include morning, afternoon, and evening snacks. Some diets include snacks as part of the five or six meals you are to eat each day. There are two theories for snack eating. One is that we should eat every 2 to 3 hours to keep our metabolism high and our sugar levels stable. The other is to eat the three meals only, to allow the body to rest more and to use fat for energy between meals if needed.
Whatever is the truth, snacks help us get a little energy boast between meals. In addition, it helps with the mid meal cravings. Most of us who eat breakfast can make it to lunch okay but midafternoon is troublesome. And of course evenings are usually problematic.
First, if you are going to eat snacks you should fit them into your daily calorie allotment. Snacks of approximately 100 calories are good, such as an apple or orange. Yes, you might fit in some carrot or celery sticks with hummus or not butter (a small amount). You could have yogurt or cottage cheese depending on your diet plan.
Second, pick nutritious snacks. Pick some nuts, or fruits, things that give vital nutrients instead of candy bars. If you pick a protein bar, get a nutritious one not just a candy bar substitute. Stay away from the cake snacks, cookies, and soda.
If you eat snacks, make them count for your health.