Health

How to choose a healthier snack

Even if we eat a pristine diet most of the time, every once in a while we all want a snack.

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Even if we eat a pristine diet most of the time, every once in a while we all want a snack. If you want to know how to indulge your sweet tooth (or salty tooth) in the best way possible check out Unjunk Your Junk Food, a new book by the founders of the website Naturally Savvy.

To be clear, ice cream and chips aren’t health foods and never will be. That said, there are choices that are better and choices that are worse. Unjunk goes through the options by giving you a guide for reading food labels, then provides actual product comparisons to help you make better choices at the grocery or convenience store. Here are a few of them:

  • If you’re going for potato chips, try Kettle Brand — they have less sodium that Walmart’s Great Value brand chips, and no MSG
  • Skinny Cow ice cream pints sounds like a good choice, but Unjunk recommends going with Breyer’s Smooth and Dreamy instead, to avoid trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup
  • Little Debbie’s fudge brownies pack a wallop of fat, while VitaBrownie’s treats have only 100 calories and two grams of fat per serving
  • Try a Jokerz candy bar instead of Snickers — the former is free of trans fats, and is even vegan
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