The line between meals and snacks is blurring, as one report estimates that snacking now constitutes half of all eating occasions. What does this growing trend mean for how eating habits support health and vitality?
This “snackification” of eating habits may be a response to conflicting and extended work and family activity schedules. Or it may reflect increased numbers of people living alone, a decreased desire to cook on a daily basis, or a variety of other factors.
Whatever is behind this trend, it’s becoming widespread enough that it’s important to consider in strategies for healthy eating. And for health professionals, it’s clear that asking people only about breakfast, lunch and dinner may be missing some important details.