Snacking has become nearly universal behavior in the United States, with an estimated 97% of Americans consuming at least one snack per day. In light of increasing snacking frequency and snack size among U.S. adults, combined with continued increases in obesity rates and widespread nutrient shortfalls, it becomes increasingly important to identify snacks that pose little risk for weight gain while providing health benefits. Snacking reportedly increases risk for weight gain, but this broad generalization may mask different responses to select foods. A recently published study, however, suggests that snacking on almonds may actually reduce one’s appetite, thus, leading to no weight gain at all.
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