Healthy Snacks vs. Unhealthy Snacks

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Healthy Snacks VS Unhealthy Snacks | | | | | Abstract Adding snacks to your diet can increase your nutritional intake, ward off hunger, reduce tiredness and help you avoid giving in to unhealthy food temptations throughout the day. The best snacks are ones that include healthy nutrient dense foods. Unprocessed whole foods make incredible snacks to fuel your body throughout the day and provide the energy you need to perform at optimal levels. Cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and potato chips or candy bars can be very tempting. But if you eat these types of snacks, you may end up consuming too many calories and not getting enough of the nutrients your body needs and will lead to fat gain and out of control insulin…show more content…
Ice cream shakes, already high in fat and calories, have become super-sized to the point of exceeding the recommended daily amounts of calories and fat. For example, according to the Baskin Robbins website, its large Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough shake contains 1,690 calories and 72 grams of fat. A person who consumes these drinks frequently will gain weight and possibly suffer high cholesterol and obesity. High cholesterol levels can lead to a wide variety of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. So avoid beverages containing high amounts of sugar, caffeine or fat, such as sugary soda, sweet tea, sugary sports energy drinks, concentrated juices and calorie-rich coffee drinks. Healthy Snacks Notes: Snacks to Avoid: * Avoid highly processed foods when looking for a healthy snack. Generally, processed foods contain unhealthy amounts of sodium, sugar, refined carbohydrates and Trans fats. Sugars and refined carbohydrates can cause your blood sugar levels to quickly spike and then dip, leaving you feeling hungry again. Also, Trans fats and sodium can have a negative effect on the health of your heart, raising your cholesterol and blood pressure. * Avoid snacking on processed meats, such as hot dogs or sausage. Keep highly processed chips, crackers and sweets out of your snacks. Healthy Snacks * Nuts and seeds – Pistachios, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts * Medium-sized Fruits – Oranges, pears, apples, grapefruit, peaches,

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