As if the crisp industry wasn’t in a bad enough state with Gary ‘Walkers’ Lineker soon to parade his Pom Bears all over Match of the Day, there’s now news even ‘light’ crisps aren’t good for you. At all.
According to a recent report, crisps that might seem healthy actually contain a dangerous level of salt. For instance, a big “50% less fat” sign on the label of Walkers’ Pops might seem like a healthy alternative to your standard ready salted packet, but they're actually stuffed with 0.38g of salt. And that’s in a tiny 19g packet.
But wait, it gets worse. You probably know about the muscle-building benefits of sweet potatoes (or you will do after reading this), so you may have been munching down bags of Tesco’s crunch sweet potato slices every now and then. Well – spoiler alert – you’ve been eating a lot of sugar – 19.2 grams per bag (about half a can of coke), to be precise.
So if you can’t trust crisps then what snacks will starve off the munchies? Check out these 7 go-to bites that will help you get a hold of your hunger.
1. Avocado slices on fibre crackers
This snack packs a one-two punch. First, one 2013 study in Nutrition Journalreports that overweight adults who ate half of an avocado reduced afternoon hunger by about 40%. The fruit contains monounsaturated fats and fibre that fill you up, the researchers suggest. Besides, those monounsaturated fatty acids also exert a favorable effect on your cholesterol, lowering “bad” LDL and increasing “good” HDL levels.
If you’re not into eating your avocado with a spoon, put slices on rye crispbread crackers. Compared to wheat bread, rye crisps reduced next-meal calorie intake by 8%, a new Swedish study found. Thank their high fibre content (3 grams for 2 crackers) for just 60 calories