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Conventional wisdom related to snacking between meals has changed somewhat over the years. Back in the 1980s, Cadb...
Conventional wisdom related to snacking between meals has changed somewhat over the years.
Back in the 1980s, Cadbury’s used to advertise their Milky Way chocolate bar in the UK as “the sweet you can eat between meals without ruining your appetite.” It seems clear that, back then, people were committed to the idea of three meals a day, with snacks being seen as an indulgence or something to avoid.
Nowadays, nutritionists seem more inclined to support a “little and often” model of eating, in order to maintain energy levels throughout the day.
Of course, snacks are not all equal. Eating chocolate bars and bags of chips on a “little and often” basis isn’t going to do you any good at all. Your life will become a blood sugar rollercoaster of highs and slumps. But if you snack “correctly” you could enjoy some real benefits.
Here are a few tips:
This advice, from Harvard Medical School, suggests snacking on items like whole grain tortilla chips or cereals for slow release energy, without the peaks and troughs associated with less healthy options.
Fran Berkoff is a registered dietician and writer for Canadian Living. She suggests a healthy late afternoon snack to improve working productivity, and also states that sensible snacking can prevent overeating at mealtimes.
Another piece of advice from Harvard medical school is to snack “mindfully” by stopping what you’re doing while enjoying your snack.
Snacking is not a bad thing, unless it means binging on unhealthy treats. By all means have the occasional indulgence, but try to make sure your other snacks are nutritiously beneficial. So get out there and fill your shopping cart with trail mix, whole grain snacks, seeds and nuts!