One of the most important things you can do for your overall fitness is, somewhat counter-intuitively, to eat constantly. Of course, this does not give you permission to eat unlimited quantities of junk food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Instead, you should absolutely break the habit of eating large portions of food three times a day and shoot for at least five or six smaller, healthy, nutrient-dense meals. Feed your body the good, natural fuel it needs to run as regularly and often as possible and your metabolism will get into the habit of running all day long. So, a huge asset to a healthy lifestyle is the ability to snack like a champion.
Unfortunately, the mainstream understanding of snacking is anything but healthy. Snack foods are too often synonymous with french fries, candy bars, and chips. Fortunately, healthy alternatives are rising in popularity. Unfortunately, as healthy alternatives boom in sales, it is becoming popular for everyone to claim their foodstuffs are great for you even when they are not. Pretzels, popcorn, and baked potato chip are often packaged to imply they are different from your run-of-mill potato chip in terms of fats and calories. That is definitely not something you should assume to be true.
In fact, baked potato chips and similar faux-healthy options can sometimes be even worse than fried potato chips. They can contain ingredients like artificial additives and preservatives as a result of sometimes being more heavily processed than regular potato chips. One main ingredient of baked potato chips is often dried potatoes, which are subjected to very high heat – enough to transform the starches into a compound called acrylamide which can be extremely damaging to your body in the long-term. The can also contain genetically modified corn- and soy-based product, which create Omega-6 oils and refined sugars.
Equally misleading, pretzels – often branded as a healthier option than fried potato chips – are actually made from the same high glycemic refined flour as white bread. They are no better, and sometimes worse, as any other chips.
Be an Active Eater, Not a Passive Consumer
The most destructive habit you need to break is thinking about snacking as mindless eating. Everything you eat should be mindful. Just because you’re snacking does not mean you get a pass. Choose to snack on nutrient-rich, whole foods all day long and you will be on your way to a better, happier, and longer life.
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