Health Shorts: bad snacks versus good snacks

August 07, 2008

If you’re hungry and reaching for a snack from the vending machine or your own pantry, the temptation is to go for something sweet, a simple carbohydrate such as candy or a cookie that tames the hunger for about an hour or less.

A better choice, say nutritionists, is to find a combination of complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and whole grains -- dry=roasted nuts, a hard-boiled egg, yogurt or whole wheat bread with a thin slice of cheese. Even though a bag of peanuts may have 30 grams of fat, it may be a better choice than jelly beans, which have no fat but loads of sugar.

(Source: Cara O'Flynn, "Nutritionist points to best and worst choices in Post vending machine," New York Post, June 16, 2008)
 

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