Snacks consist of ready to eat finger foods such as biscuits, fries and even yogurt or beverages. Snacking as a phenomenon spread more in the 1990s. The popularity of snacks is evident by the amount of retail sales in the segment. Today it is a whooping 64 billion dollar business.
Factors that have led to the growth of this industry are busy life, reduced restaurant dining, meal replacement strategies, marketing of healthier snacks. Men consume more calories through snacking than women.
Snacking by itself is not bad, but some vital tips to enjoy snacks without gaining weight are: include fruits and fibrous food to increase the bulk, consume yogurt or more protein containing foods such as an egg. A toast with peanut butter, leafy salad, a handful of dry fruits are also good snacking foods.