To snack or not to snack, that is the question
Forty years ago there was very little snacking. Of course people ate between meals, but not as a rule. Food was eaten at meal times and children were told off if they had something to eat between meals that “spoiled their appetite”. There were only a limited number of snacks you could buy, until .until food companies realised they were missing a trick.
One of the very first advertisements for snacks claimed, “The sweet you can eat between meals without spoiling your appetite”. This was the Milky Bar advertisement which successfully lured children and indulgent parents into accepting the snacking habit.
Since then, food companies have been so successful in producing a vast range of tasty, sugary snacks, that snacking has become a national pastime. A quarter of our daily calorie intake now comes from snacks and nearly 50% of that intake is from calories we drink, from sugary beverages like sodas, fruit juices, smoothies and coffee concoctions.
To snack or not to snack? If you eat three nutritious, balanced meals a day, and keep to your recommended daily allowances, you shouldn’t need to snack. If you do have a snack it should be a healthy one, a piece of fruit, not a chocolate bar. If you feel thirsty, drink water not a sugary drink. Remember that the hunger signal is easily confused with the thirst signal. Don’t grab a snack, answer the signal with a glass of water. Treat snacks as an occasional treat, not something that is a part of your regular diet.
Give your body a break, not a snack!
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