Is a Little Nibbling OK? Munching Not Linked to Obesity

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Is a Little Nibbling OK? Munching Not Linked to Obesity

A littleِ nibbling betweenِ meals mayِ not show upِ onِ your waistline, a small study ofِ Norwegian women suggests.
Participants inِ the study whoِ admitted toِ nibbling morsels ofِ food duringِ the day wereِ noِ moreِ likelyِ to haveِ a high body mass index (an indicator ofِ body fatness) thanِ those whoِ saidِ they didn’tِ nibble.
There wasِ alsoِ no link betweenِ nibbling andِ eating moreِ meals orِ snacks, orِ episodes ofِ binge eating, theِ researchers said.

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Eating Behaviors.

Controlled nibbling

The researchers surveyed 58 women, betweenِ ages 19 andِ 41, fromِ two universities inِ eastern Norway.
Participants reported howِ often theyِ nibbled duringِ the lastِ 28 days; theِ researchers instructed themِ to distinguish betweenِ nibbling, andِ snacks andِ meals.
The researchers doِ not knowِ whether anyِ individual participant whoِ nibbled gained weight — theِ researchers didِ not weigh theِ women, saidِ study researcher Deborah Reas, a psychologist atِ Oslo University Hospital.

Why planning is best

The study relied onِ participants toِ report howِ often theyِ nibbled, andِ this method ofِ collecting dietary information isِ frequently unreliable, Tallmadge said.
People oftenِ misremember whatِ theyِ ate, orِ don’tِ realize howِ much they’veِ consumed, sheِ said.
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The study also did not specify what the participants were nibbling on, Tallmadge said.

In theِ United States, people usuallyِ choose toِ nibble onِ foods high inِ calories andِ low inِ nutrients, Tallmadge said.
In addition, inِ Tallmadge’s experience, people whoِ nibble report thatِ their hunger isِ less satiated atِ their nextِ meal, evenِ if theyِ eat moreِ than theyِ normallyِ would.
But people tryingِ toِ keepِ to a healthy weight shouldِ plan theirِ snacks, andِ eat somethingِ nutritious.