• Maria Cecelia Pfund, FRHC Nutrition Specialist

Healthy Snacking

As reported by McClellan (2013), a 2010 study published in The Journal of Nutrition indicated that 97 percent of Americans eat snacks. Americans get nearly 25% of their daily calories from snacks. It turns out that those who snack most, also tend to make healthier choices.

Most Americans are deficient in potassium, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamin D, which are key nutrients. Therefore, it a good idea to choose snacks rich in those nutrients to fill nutrition gaps.

Snacking on healthful foods helps keep blood-sugar levels stable, which helps stop cravings and prevent energy crashes. Eating small portions of protein and fiber-rich foods throughout the day will help you from giving into temptations of eating high calorie and sugar foods.

Take-Home Message Snacking should be nutrient-rich to maintain health and avoid weight gain. By choosing healthy snacks, we can control calorie-intake and reduce hunger.

Reference McClellan, J. (2013, March 4). Eating healthy should include right snacks. Retrieved from http://archive.azcentral.com/healthyliving/articles/20130227healthy-snacks-eating.html

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