Magazine article Work & Family Life

Fending off Those Sneaky Snack Attacks

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Fending off Those Sneaky Snack Attacks

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Snacking has become so common it now constitutes "a full eating event," or a fourth meal, averaging about 580 calories a day in the American diet, according to Purdue University researcher Richard Mattes, Ph.D.

Snacking discourages healthy eating at mealtime and is a major cause of weight gain. Two of the leading culprits are sugar-sweetened beverages and potato chips.

Many snacks are crafted to be "hyperpalatable" by the layering of sugar, salt and fat, says David A. Kessler, M. D., author of The End of Overeating. The brain can even "light up" with dopamine at the thought of potato chips, Oreos or Twinkies.

Here's what you can do to take charge:

DON'T KEEP UNHEALTHY SNACKS IN THE HOUSE. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store where fresh produce and from-scratch foods are more likely to be found. …

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