Snacking can be incorporated into a healthy diet as long as good snacking choices are being made. Recent research has identified reasons that consumers choose unhealthy snacks, which were defined as “foods consumed between the three main meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) containing high amounts of ingredients like fat and sugar”. The largest reported reason for unhealthy snacking was “enjoying a special occasion”. Younger people indicated a higher score for each reason of choosing unhealthy snacks, showing that differences among age groups were the largest. This research will help guide health education development in the future with a focus on healthy snacking at social gatherings. These new educational tactics will help better the health of many people.
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