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Hungry kya? Four myths associated with snacking BUSTED

Last updated on: December 12, 2012 15:37 IST

If you're feeling peckish, don't deprive yourself of snacks between meals.

In the following pages, we take a quick look at all the wrong notions people have about grabbing a bite outside of mealtimes.

1. Snacks are fattening

You won't necessarily pack on the pounds -- that depends on what you are snacking on. Snacks made up of simple carbs, desserts, junk food, or processed foods usually do lead to weight gain.

That said, if you are eating healthy snacks then snacking actually helps lose weight -- it helps keep you full and energetic for a longer period of time.

2. Snacks lower your mealtime appetite

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Eating small snacks between meals does not affect your appetite. Instead, it boosts your metabolic rate and keeps you energetic.

3. Healthy snacking means never eating fried or junk foods

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Healthy snacking means eating foods that give you energy and many nutrients, and it's also important that you eat small servings.

What's more, you can take a break once in a while from healthy snacks and reach out to tasty high-fat options, but in careful portions.

4. Snacking causes cavities

Last updated on: December 12, 2012 15:37 IST

Your choice of food and basic hygiene habits decide whether you will suffer from cavities or not.

Foods made out of simple carbohydrates or the ones rich in sugar can cause decay; not brushing your teeth after meals also leads to the proliferation of decay-producing bacteria.

You can still, however, snack healthy between meals and keep your teeth healthy too.