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ERIC Number: EJ787043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Snacking Smarts for the New Year
Bissex, Janice Newell
Exceptional Parent, v38 n2 p19 Feb 2008
Poor nutritional status is a primary concern for people with disabilities. Inadequate diets can contribute to and hasten the development of degenerative diseases and delay recovery from illnesses. Individuals who have disabilities are more at risk for malnutrition, as their disability may affect food intake and nutrient requirements. Because of these factors, good quality calories are especially important for this population. A recent IRI (Information Resources Inc) survey found that nearly 80 percent of Americans are trying to eat healthier with over 60 percent replacing high-calorie snacks with healthier options. And the numbers show it. In 2005, the year of their debut, Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs grossed $107 million, the fourth biggest seller in new convenience products. The trend is skyrocketing, yet no one has stopped to ask this one simple question: Are portion-controlled snacks actually healthy? While people often view 100-calorie snacks as a better-for-you option, many have little to offer when it comes to good nutrition. One hundred calories of junk food is still junk food. In fact, with so few calories, these mini snacks are like eating air, leaving snackers feeling hungry again in an hour. To choose a snack that's filling and nutritious, look for more calories--about 200 to 300--and ingredients such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, and heart-healthy nuts. The best in-between meal nibbles should provide a source of protein, fiber, calcium, antioxidants, and healthy fats to sustain you until your next meal. So instead of falling for the 100-calorie marketing hype, here are some ideas for satisfying snack cravings that are healthy, convenient, and delicious for the whole family.
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Language: English
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