What is Snacks?
Snack or snacking has been defined as a portion of food, smaller than a regular meal, generally eaten between or after meals.
This in-between meals, or Snacks as its generally called are eaten by adults and growing children all over the world, For some, snack could be packaged quick meals, processed food, or fresh foods from home.
Packaged snacks foods are a form of convenience food,typically portable and quick, and usually contains substantial amounts of sweeteners, preservatives,and specially-designed flavors.
According to a recent review, hunger, social, environmental, and other influences can determine an individuals desire to snack and choice of snack.
The review concludes with a brief discussion of the associations of snacking with cardio-metabolic disease and weight.
Is it healthy to snack?
Snacking is normal and healthy for adults and for growing children, especially Healthy snacks that have significant vitamins, low saturated fat, added sugars, and low sodium content.
There are a number of savoury snacks that are really delicious.
For example, why not try some vegetable sticks (carrots, celery, cucumber or pepper), a small bowl of plain popcorn, pitta bread or crackers with hummus or cream cheese, a piece of cheese, a sandwich with cherry tomatoes, or a small peanut butter and banana sandwich.
The truth is,finding and consuming healthy snacks is a challenge for both adults and parents.Children often want the unhealthy snack option.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that people make a conscious effort to avoid high-calorie, low-nutrient junk food and consume more healthy, natural snacks – such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cereal grains.
Effects of unhealthy snacks
TOOTH DECAY…your teeth come in contact with simple sugars that make up carbohydrates when you consume unhealthy snacks.
Plaque bacteria that causes tooth decay feed on carbohydrates.
Each time you consume unhealthy high-calorie snacks that leave food particles between teeth or in molar pits you give the bacteria in plaque more time to produce enamel-damaging acids.
You can say, “I’ll eat the whole snack at one time instead of nibbling it intermittently.
Then I’ll rinse your mouth with water afterward to remove food particles, then brush and floss if possible”.
But have you considered other health risks associated with consuming unhealthy snacks?
Consuming high-calorie, low-nutrient snacks can cause other serious health issues, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, weight and depression.
Many of the most widely consumed snacks are loaded with refined carbohydrates with little to no fiber and have low nutritional value.
According to the American Heart Association,consuming much of this snacks can cause high blood triglyceride levels while decreasing levels of health-promoting HDL cholesterol and may contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress.
These condition when accompanied by excess weight can increase the risk of developing heart disease.
EXCESS WEIGHT…Consuming energy dense snacks can take you over your daily calorie budget and result in excess weight.
Besides increasing the risk of heart disease, excess weight increase the risk of so many other health problems, including diabetes and certain cancers.
Excess weight could also cause high blood sugar for pregnancy women, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section).
So now you have it,here are our top tips on healthy snacking..No amount of high calorie snack is healthy.
Eating food that contain refined carbohydrate can kill you, so the next time you are dying for a quick bite go for healthy snacks..
Examples of healthy snacks include:
Foods that have whole grains
Fruits and vegetables
Nuts and seeds
Low-fat dairy products
Lean meats,hard-boiled eggs,and lean cheese