Snack Attack

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

When you look at a sandwich, what do you see? Some people see a meal, others see a mid-day snack. With between meal munching on the rise, and more high-fat, high-calorie fare on the menu, it's becoming harder for noshers to know where to draw the line. And that has nutritionists concerned.

Dominic Vito's days are jam packed. "I work 7 days a week and I'm going to school full-time, as well," he said. "I snack just about every day, whether it's in place of a meal or in between meals."

Vito isn't the only one noshing in between meals. Registered dietitian Elisa Zied says daily snacking is on the rise as busy Americans grow short on time, and need to grab-on-the-go."

In the 70's, about 71% of adults snacked every day. Dietitians like Zied have long touted the benefits of munching in-between meals. The problem? From small or snack-size entrees and desserts, to popular side dishes, the line between a snack and a meal is now becoming increasingly blurry and can lead to obesity and obesity-related disease.

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