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Friday, 27 July 2018

Unhealthy Snacking on Sugar can be damaging to Children’s Health, Even Adults

Studies have shown that in most urban centres 50% of children’s consumption of sugar, which is like seven sugar cubes per day, tends to come from unwholesome snacks and sugary drinks. In January of 2018 the Public Health England (PHE) which put up a campaign by the title - Change4Life, came up with this revelation soon after its latest research. It further enjoins parents to ‘look for 100-calorie snacks, two a day max' so as to reduce intake of sugar by children.

Your snacks should be low on sugar

The problem is with regards to the compulsive urge everyone has for taking snacks – both children and adults. Having such genuine needs we ought to know what nutritious and healthy things we can take in between meals. Studies show that there is nothing wrong with snacking except that they must be healthy – nourishing to you system. But again, it seems the majority of people can be extremely selective when they want to consume anything in between meals.

Abide by the rules

But there is no one direction about perfect nutritional habit; our bodies and lifestyles are different and require different nutrients at different times. This is why you cannot provide the same treatment for everyone; yet, there are general rules that govern what we must follow.

Taking snacks is not a bad idea

The trouble is that many people instead forget to trim down the quantity of their main meal so as to make up for the extra energy taken in by snacking, and this can in the long term mean putting on unnecessary weight. Therefore, if you are contemplating using a snack between meals, ensure you consume smaller size of meal at lunch or dinner than usual.

Wholesome snacks

Low-sugar is better

Many at times when we crave for some snacks, we think of sweet stuff, but the energy you get when you’ve eaten your sweet snack easily dissipates, and soon you’re left feeling empty again. Be careful of a vicious cycle of cravings therefore.
As tempting as it is, you must learn to indulge on your sugary snacks only on rare moments and not make it a frequent occurrence.
It will be nice to go for the naturally low sugar snacks, experts say, but if you must consume the packaged types then ensure to check out the per 100 g column for sugar content and look for options with 5 g or less of sugar.

Let out the energy slowly

Your reason for snacking should be to keep you satisfied and energised until your next meal comes. To do this, the snack needs to digest gradually in your system.
A combination of protein and fibre will for a long time make you feel fuller as they go gradually through the digestive system. Simple carbohydrates such as cakes, bread, white pasta and pastries will in contrast, move through the digestive system speedily. You can’t really get a sense of fulfillment eating them because you will soon go hungry afterwards. If you're taking fruit and vegetables for snacks, it will be good to take them with their skin where a lot of the fibre is present.

Wholegrain snacks are very profitable so take them more often if you can, experts advise. Also, go for snacks that have proteins like pulses, beans, lean meats, eggs, fish and nuts.

Pay attention to food labels

A lot of people could be extra meticulous when choosing snacks. But health claims on labels of packaged foods could be deceptive, making it easy to snatch up sugary foods or foods loaded with fat, salt and in fact low in nutritional value yet appearing otherwise. Attractive and easy to pick snacks abound that look low on calories. But it is usually an error to value them on their appearance; please do take time to check on the nutritional contents.

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