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Snack food is seen in Western culture as a type of food not meant to be eaten as a main meal of the day. Rather, the food is intended as a snack: something to temporarily tide a person's hunger, provide a brief supply of energy for the body, or something to be eaten for enjoyment of the taste. Snack foods are designed to be less perishable, more durable, and more appealing than natural foods. They often contain substantial amounts of sweeteners, preservatives, and appealing ingredients such as chocolate, peanuts, and specially designed flavors.
Foods manufactured primarily as snack foods are often classified as junk food as they have little or no nutritional value, and are not seen as contributing towards general health and nutrition. However that is not always true, as Snacks made at home, keeping the health of the family in mind, tend to be more nutritional. In fact many scientists are of the belief that ‘Snacking’ or 4-5 small meals in a day are more beneficial than 3 large meals in a day. Yet fact remains that a lot of stuff being churned out today in the name of Snacks is rather unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs.

The snack food industry in market-driven societies such as the United States generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. The market for snack foods is enormous, and a number of large corporations are constantly struggling to capture larger shares of the snack food market. Consequently, heavy promotions are used to convince consumers to buy snack foods. Snack foods are advertised far more than regular nutritional foods (such as fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products), and the flashiest TV commercials and advertising campaigns are often designed to sell snack foods. These advertisements are particularly aimed at kids, pre-teens and teenagers. Controversies rage on whether such advertising, which lures children to choose unhealthy options, ought to be banned. However, it is difficult to break such large conglomerates. Your only way out is to explain to your children the harm these foods can instill in the long run.

With growing concerns for nutrition, diet, weight control and general health, some people are making a conscious effort to eat more healthy, natural snacks such as fruit (fresh or dried), vegetables (carrot sticks), nuts and cereal grains (granola, granola bars, rice cakes). These sugar free healthy options are perfectly acceptable and if you or anybody in your household is addicted to junk food, constructive steps should be taken towards more healthier options. You may want to take a look at the different categories of Snacks-:

  • Kid snacks
  • Healthy snacks
  • Low fat snacks
  • Fruit snacks
  • Diabetic snacks
  • Fun snacks

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