Let’s say you were hungry and someone offered you a 100 calorie granola bar or 100 calories of popcorn. Which would you choose?
I get to do some fun stuff because I am Snack Girl. One of my favorite events is a conference called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Ten thousand registered dieticians from around the nation get together to learn the latest in nutrition research and I always leave with a brain full of new ideas.
One of the many studies that I learned about involved popcorn (a food that I have advocated eating many times). Popcorn is cheap, easy to make, and whole grain. Keri Gans, RD shared with me the LATEST on how it can be a better choice.
This study focused on a morning snack (one between breakfast and lunch) and participants were given either 100 calories of popcorn or 100 calories of a granola bar. After 30 minutes, they asked how hungry they felt.
Guess what? People who ate the popcorn felt more satiated (fuller).
It makes sense to me because the volume of popcorn is so much bigger than the granola bar. It takes:
- Longer to chew it
- More bites to eat it
- More space in your stomach (I think)
The key here is that you aren’t going to be grabbing another granola bar before lunch because you are still hungry.
I think the reason we snack on food that is fast to eat is because we lack time. We shove it in our faces because we are moving onto the next thing but ultimately we pay for it by eating too many calories too quickly.
Next time you snack, think about how long it takes you to eat it. Try popcorn, apples, celery, carrots, or some other food that slows you down. You might lose an inch without lifting a finger.
What do you eat for your morning snack?
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