Unhealthy snacks which raise the risk of heart disease and strokes are undoing ... trends now
A quarter of people are undoing the benefits of healthy meals with unhealthy snacks that raise the risk of heart disease and stroke, a study suggests.
Researchers examined the diets of 854 people and found almost all of them (95 per cent) snacked, consuming an average of 2.28 each per day.
But contrary to popular belief, the analysis indicates that snacking in itself is not unhealthy - as long as the nibbles are nutritious and eaten at the right time.
Making the ‘wrong’ choices appeared to affect key health indicators such as body mass index and levels of fat and sugar in the blood.
The UK is a ‘nation of snackers’, with 24 per cent of our daily energy intake from snacks such as cereal bars, pastries and fruit, the study found.
A quarter of people are undoing the benefits of healthy meals with unhealthy snacks that raise the risk of heart disease and stroke, a study suggests
Some 47 per cent of those who snacked ate two snacks a day and 29 per cent ate more.
The most popular items consumed were cookies, fruit, nuts and seeds, cheese and butter, cakes and pies, and granola or cereal bars.
Notably, 26 per cent of participants ate healthy main meals but poor quality food in-between.
The scientists, from King’s