Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Clean Snacking -An Article Review

As published in the Student Nutrition Association of Kaplan Newsletter, July 2014, Vol. 3, Issue 3.

"Clean Snacking-One of the Fastest Growing Food Trends" 
-Lori Zaneston in Today's Dietitian

     Cleaning snacking:  No it’s not about washing your hands before digging into the popcorn bowl, although you totally should!  It’s about choosing healthier foods not only for meals, but throughout the day as well.  To be considered clean, foods have to be whole and in their least processed state to offer the greatest nutritional value for those consuming them.  

     In the past year there have been a lot of new “health” snacks emerging in the market.  The author takes a look at some of them to determine whether this is just another trend or if they are really on to something here. Some of these products can mislead consumers into thinking they are healthier than their alternatives with cleaner-looking packaging that features health claims front and center to catch their attention.  Zaneston suggests consumers pay more attention to the back of the label to double check its actual nutritional value by doing a food label comparison with other similar products. 

     Zaneston points out that the ultimate go-to clean snack is fresh fruits and vegetables, but also lists a bunch of other options that were enough to make my mouth water as I was heading straight to the grocery store.  My top three favorites were Happy Squeeze fruit & veggies pouches made by Happy Family Organic Superfoods, KIND fruit & nut bars, and Real! veggie chips.  I am also anxious to try Bare crunchy coconut chips!  Read Zaneston’s article for a complete list of her clean snacking ideas.

To read Zaneston's article visit: http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/060114p20.shtml

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