… that is a good question.
The definition of Snack in the dictionary is ‘a small amount of food eaten between meals’, but is snacking actually good for us?
The word ‘snack’ is often automatically linked to crisps, chocolate, cakes and other high fat/high sugar items which are quick to grab and eat. In the last 3 or 4 years this has become challenged by a ‘new breed’ of snacks the ‘Healthy Snacks’.
So what are the Pros and Cons of snacking?
• Can be a great away to add in extra fruit and vegetables to your daily intake
• Can reduce the risk of overeating at meal times
• Helps sustain energy levels through out the day
• Can be used as an excuse to over eat
• Can add to daily calorie intake, which could lead to weight gain
• Classing snacks as a meal can lead to a lack of nutrients.
So to answer the question snacking can be good for you, but on balance it can also be bad for you; it’s all about making conscious decisions about what you eat and when. Snacking on anything should be accounted for in your daily calories (2,000 kcal for Women: 2,500 kcal for Men based on an average activity and lifestyle).