Healthy Snacks for Halloween?

Halloween is now upon us and up and down the land fancy dress costumes are ready to be adorned and threats of tricking if suitable treats are not provided are ready to be issued.  But when you look at the buckets of chocolate, sweets and goo that the trick or treaters collect along the way (it’s never healthy snacks, is it?) do you remember fondly being able to eat that much sweet stuff yourself, or do you cringe at how you might struggle to eat it now?

Research suggests that there’s a genetic reason trick or treating suits the young better than those who won’t see 30 again.  When you’re growing and developing in your early years the genes that influence metabolism (how we utilize food for energy) are constantly adapting to what we eat.  There are particular genes that adapt in response to insulin – which gets produced in significant quantities when you eat a lot of sweet, sugary stuff.  It makes sense for this genetic sensitivity to be at its height when you’re young – in evolutionary terms you want to promote survival while you’re growing, once you’re all grown up the body is better able to take care of itself.

The challenge with this is that as you get older the genes that were great at dealing with fluctuating insulin levels (and the associated fluctuating sugar intake) adapt less.  This means that as you get older your body is less able to adapt to sweet-fests like Halloween and metabolism can become disrupted.  The consequence of this can be digestive problems, weight gain and other issues.

So what does all that mean when it comes to making choices about healthy snacks and meals?  It means that if you want to maximize your chances of staying healthy as you get older, you need to think about what you eat. These top tips could help:

1.  Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, and make sure you get all the colours of the (natural) rainbow on your plate over the course of a week

2.  Include protein in every meal or snack whether it’s a chicken fillet, a cup of chickpeas or a handful of cashews

3.  Get your essential fats from oily fish, walnuts, pumpkin and flaxseeds every week

4.  If you eat grains, make them wholegrains

5.  Cut back on the refined sugars, caffeine and alcohol and make sure you drink enough water every day

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  • Ann White
  • 30 Oct 2013

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