If you’re a crisp fiend, you might want to reconsider. A very interesting bit of research published recently in the Journal of American Heart Association looked at the eating habits of over 20,000 people over 12 years, and the findings are not kind to our fave savoury snacks.
People who ate starchy snacks after dinner had the highest chance of dying from causes such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and those who snacked on fruit had a lower mortality rate.
The study also looked at ‘Western’ diets (defined as being high in cured meats, cheese and carbs like white bread) and found that the mortality rate was high in those who ate a typically Western lunch. Um, might want to give that ham and cheese sandwich with a packet of crisps lunchbox a miss, then.
You can read the full study here, which goes into detail about the importance of the timing of what you eat as well as what you eat.