If we are all completely honest here, there is not one of us that can get through the day without either thinking about a snack or nibbling on something in between meals.
You need only to take a stroll down the never-ending snack aisle in your local grocery store to get an idea of just how lucrative the snack market truly is. If we weren’t doing it, the snack companies would simply fold their tent and go home. That tent is well and truly up though, with extensions getting added on each year.
All of this begs the question as to whether or not snacking is a help or a hindrance in the good health battle. The answer is not necessarily as cut and dry as you might imagine.
The Question of Quantity Over Quality
There is some validity to their claims, especially when you consider that the number of obese people across the world has only really started to climb since the invention of the humble snack. Those gurus will point at vending machines, claiming that they are the mortal enemy of the person who wants to be healthy and in shape.
Sounds Fair, But Are Snacks Getting the Sharp End of the Stick?
If you take snacks out of the equation and focus instead on the eating habits of the average person, you will see a dramatic change in how, when, and what we eat as compared to previous generations. Processed foods filled with all kinds of hard to pronounce chemicals have wormed their way into our busy lives, disguising themselves as healthy foods that will completely satiate out appetites.
That is not entirely the case, especially when you consider the size of the servings that are now considered “normal”. Where food in restaurants was once served on a regular sized plate, it is now sent out in something the size of a satellite dish.
Kicking the Snacking Habit
We can pretty much safely assume that snacks aren’t the sole cause of the rise in obesity across the world. When Twinkies suddenly disappeared from the market place, it didn’t set off a wave of weight loss across the country, just as they weren’t responsible for sinkholes appearing when they were brought back amid much happy tears and fanfare.
There is more to obesity and weight gain than just the proliferation of snacks, but we still have to be careful with how we take them. If you have to snack, get in the habit of packing something small and healthy. If it has to be explained to you what that would be, you might already be doomed.
If you can get through the day without a snack, you’ll start seeing some real positive benefits, including a healthier bank balance and the end of a constant search for change for the vending machine.
The decision on whether or not to snack is yours alone to make, but perhaps don’t fall into the trap of blaming those sugary treats for all that ails, as the list of culprits may be a little longer.
So connect the dots, we have a hell of a lot of problems as a human race when it comes to eating. We have an overeating problem, we have an unhealthy eating problem and we overindulge on the naughty stuff. Get smart and think about your snacking habits to help the process along.
Can’t kick the snacking habit? At least turn your appetite and your mind towards healthy snacks. Take the time to prepare your healthy snacks ahead of time instead of grabbing the Snickers or Mars bar at 3pm.
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