Snacking tracking positively for consumers

With all of the changes and innovations North Americans have experienced over the past few decades, one that might get lost in the shuffle is the dramatic shift towards increased snacking. It’s gotten to the point where articles are calling snacks “the most important meal of the day”. Before you roll your eyes at that claim, consider that in 2006, Purdue University’s Dr. Richard Mattes, professor of foods and nutrition, stated that the American diet had evolved to constitute a “fourth meal” averaging about 580 calories each day. That’s ~25% of average total calorie consumption and twice the average amount
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