What's snacking and why do people snack?
Snacking is when you consume food or beverages between your regular main meals. The term “snack foods” is often used to refer to processed, high-calorie items like chips and cookies.
However, snacking simply means to eat or drink something between meals, regardless of whether the food is healthy.
So what about this snacking business then? Apparently, most of us are doing it but should we be? The UK snacking average is 2.5 snacks a day – much more than many European countries. The number of snacks is influenced in part by societal culture – it is not generally frowned upon if you’re seen chomping on something in the streets in this country and you could go as far as to say it is positively encouraged!
How to snack right
Healthy snacks can provide a stop gap between meals. How to choose? Look for minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and selenium and most definitely fibre, those that contain wholegrains, nuts, seeds or fruit are a good shout.
Eat consciously. Become conscious of the food that you’re putting into your mouth. Savour it. Chew it. Stop watching TV whilst eating. Stop eating whilst doing things other than simply eating. The added benefit of this is that processed food does not usually stand up well to this kind of scrutiny, but good food will actually taste better. The more you pay attention to the good food you’re eating, the more dopamine will be released and the more satisfying it will become.
In the end, it’s really a personal choice. If you’re going to snack, make sure to read the labels and choose healthy snacks, this is where it starts, with making the right choices consistently.
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