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The Pros and Cons of Snacking

Snacking has endured a bad reputation for a very long time, but it seems to be coming back into vogue. There are pros and cons to the habit and one should never snack mindlessly, of course!

Here are some of the pros and cons to snacking.

The Pros

  • Snacking can fill nutritional gaps and boost your intake of fruits and veggies. This of course is only true if you are snacking on fresh fruits and veggies which I highly recommend. Peaches and cherry tomatoes are phenomenal this time of year and make tasty snacks.
  • Snacking can keep your mood on an even keel, when you feel like your blood sugar is sinking it is easy to feel "low,"
  • Snacks can help with appetite and weight control since they can prevent over indulgence at meals.
  • Snacking, spreading meals and calories, might require less insulin and might reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The Cons

  • The danger in snacking is that it can add extra calories to your day. By unconsciously adding 100 calories per day beyond the calories you burn can make you gain 10 pounds in a year.
  • Snacking should mirror your over all diet philosophy of moderation (yep, my favorite concept).
  • If you find yourself too hungry, when you are reaching for a snack, you might end up reaching for something loaded with calories. So plan your snacks ahead of time.

Looking for a healthy snack? Check out all these ideas for your next snack attack.

beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
when i am at university i need to snack on something every hour or so (a few bites of crackers or fruit are usually enough) otherwise i can't concentrate and just feel like going home an skipping class. i hate all the packaging of those pre-washed carrots but sometimes its the only thing i have time to take with me and its so handy, really. this is why i miss living with my mom. she always packed me lots of good snacks like carrots and home made veggie dip.
daffodil_10 daffodil_10 10 years
hi, ive found that not eating after 8 can help
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 10 years
If I am super hungry & dying the things I eat are: bell peppers, cabbage with mustard or tomato paste, plain tomato paste on a spoon, nori sheets, kelp noodles, ice cubes, canned green beans, celery with mustard, cherry tomatoes or artichoke hearts......Although I rarely snack because I eat a lot of protein which helps with curbing my appetite.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Snacking on fruits and veggies are the way to go!
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 years
I snack on fruits and veggies all day...That way when a meal rolls around I'm not too hungry and still stick to something small :) Great article.
james-bond-girl james-bond-girl 10 years
I always try to make sure to bring grapes, an apple, a banana, cut up red/green pepper, pretzels, yogurt, etc... anything to keep me from going to the vending machine or my offices fatal "snack cubicle" where for 50 cents you can buy enough candy to consume 1/3 of your daily calories! If I don't bring something you'll find me munching on fun size candy bars...eeek!
luvbugg luvbugg 10 years
I love snacking I just always forget to pack something to snack on that's healthy the only snack food here is in the vending machine :(. After this article I will definatly attempt to bring a snack more often!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
Yup, I'm snacking right now because I felt my blood pressure drop and I left my banana at home ... so I'm now scarfing down a kit kat. Yeahhhhhh ... um, bad. When I am trying to be nutritious though I usually snack on grapes (which i ALSO have at home) and almonds.
lintacious lintacious 10 years
women should eat -something- every 3 hours to balance out your metabolism otherwise when you finally eat a meal, you'll over eat. just a few crackers, or half an apple or a kiwi or something small.
lrgoldman34 lrgoldman34 10 years
RE: "If you find yourself too hungry, when you are reaching for a snack, you might end up reaching for something loaded with calories. So plan your snacks ahead of time." -- I totally fall victim to this trap all the time and instead of grabbing a handful of veggies, I'll pick, oh, a random brownie or start eating cereal straight from the box. And then i just say, 'Oh, it's ok, I didn't eat that much today." I need to start planning better. Good thing I was a nutritional sciences major!!
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