Top Tips for Healthy Snack Habits
We’re always interested to know what our customers might be looking for in their healthy snacks and if the healthy snacks delivered in their Nutribox are ticking all the boxes. We found this infographic from Lab 42 Market Research and wanted to share it because it highlights some common misconceptions about what makes a healthy snack.
We weren’t surprised their healthy snacking respondents said they found it hardest to stay on the diet straight and narrow while at work. Men in particular were more likely to fall for the lure of the vending machine (or other unhealthy snack source) at the office. We definitely agree with their findings that taste is very important – there’s no point eating a healthy snack if every bite is like eating sawdust.
But there were a few other findings that confirmed a number of diet and nutrition myths are still alive and well. Here’s the inside track on why those healthy snackers might not be doing themselves the good they think they are!
1. If it says it’s ‘all natural’ it’s good for you
You’d think that food labeling regulations would mean manufacturers couldn’t make untruthful claims about what’s in the packet – and they do, the problem is that those regulations are designed to make sense for the food industry, not always the consumer. A label of ‘natural’ doesn’t guarantee something hasn’t been heat treated and lost its vitamin or mineral content, or that it isn’t packed with refined sugars.
2. If it says it’s ‘low in calories/fat’ it’s good for you
While it is important to keep an eye on calorie intake and some fats are more beneficial in your diet than others, there is a misconception that foods with less calories and fat are bound to be good for you. We need fats in our diet to be healthy – preferably some good omega 3 fats like we find in walnuts and pumpkin seeds. And we need protein to help manage blood sugar levels. Both fat and protein add calories – but are less easily converted to fat in your body, and are less likely to cause an insulin spike that will actually encourage your body to hold onto its fat stores.
3. If it says it’s ‘gluten free’ it’s good for you
Unfortunately just because something doesn’t contain gluten (a protein found in wheat and other grains that can induce food sensitivity and digestive discomfort in some people) it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Gluten free cakes and biscuits are still often packed with refined sugars and hydrogenated fats that are definitely not good for your health.
We analyse and taste every snack that goes into a Nutribox so you can be assured you’re getting healthy snacks delivered. We do the hard work so you don’t have to! If you want to find out more about what’s in a Nutribox and how to subscribe click here