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Snacking on Healthy Foods is on the Rise

January 14, 2013
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A new report says Americans are eating more snack foods. And they are eating healthier snacks.

Snacking has become a habit. As a nation we always snacked in the evening. Now we are snacking in the morning as well.

Twenty percent of the time when Americans are eating, they are snacking, not eating meals.

Typical Americans snack on fresh fruit 10 times more than they snack on chocolate and 25 times more than they snacked on potato chips.

What are the reasons for the rise and changes in favorite snacks?

  • Fresh fruit is a favorite of children and of senior citizens. Less a favorite of teenagers.
  • Fresh fruit can be eaten at all times of the day.
  • Fresh fruits appeal to people who care about their health.
  • People who eat healthy snacks tend to snack more often.

The only time fresh fruit came in second as a snack was while people were watching television.

The six different reasons people snack are: hunger, habit, health and weight control, convenience, craving and as a treat while doing something else.

The Los Angeles Times

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