would you prefer as an afternoon snack - yogurt, chocolate or crackers? Most of
us would opt for chocolate or crackers. But a study reveals that yogurt may be
the best option to control your total food intake. Here's why....
We often count our calories
during mealtimes and
as only something to munch on. However, snacks commonly consist of sweets,
cakes and other bakery items. These are rich in fats and can affect our dietary
plan drastically if we do not keep a check on them.
So which type of snacks
should one eat? In a study published in Nutrition
, researchers investigated if an afternoon snack that is rich in
would be preferable to one rich in fat like chocolate or crackers. For the
study, they enrolled twenty young women who were given either high-protein
or high-fat crackers or chocolate 3 hours after a standardized lunch. Dinner
was served when the subject requested it and the amount of dinner eaten till
the person was comfortably full were recorded.
The researchers found that
those who ate yogurt experienced less afternoon hunger
asked for dinner later and ate less at dinner than those who ate crackers or
Yogurt is generally
considered as a less energy dense, high protein and low fat food, while
crackers and chocolates
are considered more
energy dense, low protein and high fat
. Thus, if you want to control your eating, make sure that you
eat a protein-rich afternoon snack rather than a high-fat one.
Here are some tips that you
could use while choosing the right snack:
snacks that are healthy as well as tasty. Lack of taste in snacks will push you
back to eating unhealthy snacks.
should preferably be easily available at hand and not require
much cooking. For example, a few nuts, which are rich in protein and fiber,
make a good snack. Since they contain fats as well, it is necessary to restrict
your attitude towards healthy snacks. We often associate healthy with bland and
unpalatable. Add spices
or flavors that you normally prefer.
Children should be offered healthy snacks from a young age. Thus, they can
develop taste to these snacks and tend to prefer them even later.
keep unhealthy snacks or their ingredients at home. Thus, you will be forced to
snack healthy when you are hungry.