Nutrition Foundation

Regular snacking


When we eat, food is digested then passes from the gut and into the blood. The fuel from this food then needs to be removed from the blood. Insulin plays the major role in instructing the body to move excess fuel out of the blood and into the body’s stores.

Eating frequently, with snacks between meals, means insulin is being frequently released. This leads to increased fat storage and insulin resistance.

To improve health consider

  • Reduce snacking between meals.
  • Are you snacking because you are hungry or is it due to habit, boredom, cravings, or temptation?
  • Make snacks less easily available.


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