Confess! How Many 100-Calorie Snack Packs Do You Eat at Once?
Even one extra serving can derail a diet.
Those tempting packages of 100-calorie snack packs may seem like a healthy way to get a yummy snack, but in the end they’re not all that good for you.
According to Shape magazine, many of the snack packs – cookies, crackers and chips – are made up of “empty” calories without nutrients like protein and fiber. You need your nutrients because they’ll leave you feeling full. That means you won’t be trotting back to the vending machine for a second or even third helping.
And that means the whole idea of “portion control” with these snacks is meaningless. The magazine cites a study by the Journal of Consumer Research that people ate twice as much when their snacks came in small packages. The magazine also says that the snacks are often just smaller portions of junk food, with bad stuff like partially hydrogenated oil.
There are some healthy snack packs, but not too many. Shape recommends Sun Chips and Barbara’s Organic 100-Calorie Mini Cookies. (Shape)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor for BettyConfidential.