Friday, September 09, 2011

When is a snack not really a snack, but a mini-meal or even a full-on meal? And can snacking result in significant weight gain? Dr. Edward Hill discusses snacking in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Snacking has become a favorite pastime of many Americans. Snacks, including calorie-laden sodas and other beverages, comprise more than one-quarter of our daily caloric intake. Beverages make up 50 percent of our daily snacking calories.

Some people do well eating three meals a day, while others do better with five mini-meals or snacks per day, and some need a 100-calorie snack in between meals.

It is important to remember that foods and beverages consumed as snacks can be part of a balanced, healthy diet. Choosing nutrient-rich snacks that include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lower fat dairy products can help consumers meet dietary recommendations.

Snacks can be a part of total diet and be healthy. This doesnt mean you can never have a bag of chips or a chocolate bar.

If you snack on something healthy that will make you feel full and provide important nutrients, snacking can be a positive tool.

If you routinely choose unhealthy snacks and make equally unhealthy choices for meals, dont be surprised if you start gaining weight.

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