Smart Snacking

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

If your children cant tear themselves away from snacks, theyre not alone. Dr. Edward Hill discusses snacking and some healthy alternatives to unhealthy snacks, in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Even if your child takes the time to eat three meals a day, he or she may still feel hungry at times. That leads to snacking.

Snacks provide more than one-fourth of the calories that American children consume, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Snacking can lead to weight gain or obesity because those snacks are usually not satisfying enough to replace meals but simply add to the daily caloric intake. In addition, children may have no idea how much theyre eating, according to research.

But smart snacking can be healthful. In fact, if your child has a hectic schedule, its even more important to eat healthy foods that give him or her the fuel needed to keep going.

Make a rule that your child cant snack while watching television. Help your child steer clear of foods with lots of added sugars like candy bars or soda. Keep fresh fruit and vegetables available for vitamin-rich, low-calorie snacks, and if you do buy chips and cookies, opt for single-serving packages.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.