Snacks provide one-third of ‘empty calories’ in US diets: USDA research

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2 thoughts on “Snacks provide one-third of ‘empty calories’ in US diets: USDA research

  1. wartica says:

    They say to avoid snacking in between meals – this finding is the epidemy of that!

    • dynamomelano says:

      Snacking, in itself is not bad. In fact, low eating frequency (having few meals/snacks per day), such as skipping breakfast, is associated with being overweight and obese; and higher eating frequency has been associated with decreased body weight. The difference between what I just told you and this research article is that snacking should be an opportunity to get more nutrients and/or maintain blood glucose levels (in diabetics, for example), not an opportunity to get more calories (if there’s no real need). It appears that most people’s attempts at snacking results in increasing daily calories without concurrently increasing nutrients significantly. Therefore the need for guidance from professionals such as registered dietitians.

      Yesterday it was Registered Dietitian Day. To find a registered dietitian in your area go to the website of the
      Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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