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Snack

See also: Snacking

A snack is a small portion of food eaten between meals. The food might be snack food—items like potato chips or baby carrots—but could also simply be a small amount of any food.

Snacks and health

Excessive snacking has been implicated in the increasing prevalence of obesity in many countries.[citation needed]

Healthy snacks include those that have significant vitamins, are low in saturated fat and added sugars and have a low sodium content.[1] Examples of healthy snacks include:

Snacks and cognition

A Tufts University, Department of Psychology empirical study titled, "Effect of an afternoon confectionery snack on cognitive processes critical to learning" found that a consumption of a confectionery snack in the afternoon improved spatial memory in the study's sample group, but in the area of attention performance had a mixed effect.[3]

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