Experts estimate Americans consume about one-fourth of their daily calories from snacks.
With summer giving way to football season - and the snackalicious parties, game-watching gatherings and tailgates they bring - that number surely rises through the fall months. So I thought some research recently published in "Nutrition Journal" might be particularly timely.
According to a study published online, smart snacking choices may be one key to maintaining a healthy weight.
Well, duh. No surprise there.
More interesting, however, is that some healthier options don't appear to just save fat, calories and sodium, but can also help better curb future hunger cravings than less healthy options.
Case in point: Researchers found that people who snacked on popcorn were less hungry, more satisfied and ate fewer calories than those who snacked on potato chips.
This particular study compared short-term satiety from two common snack foods - low-fat popcorn and potato chips - with researchers monitoring the effects of snacking on hunger, satisfaction and amount of food consumed during the participants' next meal.
Testers were given either one cup of popcorn (15 calories), six cups of popcorn (100 calories) or one cup of potato chips (150 calories) as a snack.
Those who consumed six cups of popcorn reported less hunger, more satisfaction and less desire to eat than those who had a smaller amount of popcorn or chips. Those same popcorn eaters also reported consuming fewer combined calories from the next meal they ate after their snack.
Pretty interesting stuff.
So bring on the popcorn, I say, just keep in mind dousing it in butter and salt pretty much voids any possible health benefits.
After stopping by several times, I wrote a pretty nice review of the new B&D Gastropub, a bar-and-grill kinda' place that set up shop in the old Murad's location at the foot of the 35th Street Bridge in Kanawha City.
Several readers have since chimed in, expressing similar support for both the food and drinks offered there.