But don't "they" (you know they - people we don't know that knows all) - any way - don't they say that snacking throughout the day is supposed to be healthier than eating the normal 3 meals a day?
Does gum count?
And is contact mean actually eating? Or maybe being around food - like you said people bring in cupcakes (you may not eat it but the opportunity is there - ie contact). 20 seems alot even for snackers - that is what makes it seems like contact in the sense of exposure rather than actually eating.
They meant actually eating when they said contact.
Personally I think "they" are full of ****.
Snacking isn't supposed to mean eathing all throughout the day.
People hear that, and it gives them license to eat nearly constantly.
I guess those are the people who are eating 20 times a day.
A snack is just that...a quite small amount of food, a few bites, taken between 2 main meals. Not 2 or 3 contacts, or episodes of eating between lunch and dinner let's say.
If you're eating enough at your main meals, you wouldn't feel the need for something that involves more than let's say 5 or 6 bites. Like what it would take to eat a small banana, yogurt or such....or the occassional cupcake.
I also wonder what people mean when they say "I occassionally eat xxx"
Oh, the exception to eating lots and lots between meals is your fast growing, constantly starving teenager.
I get an enormous amount of pleasure watching teens who are fit eating mass quantities, then wondering what's for dinner.
Little kids too can eat a lot sometimes, when the mood strikes.
I'm talking about adults who would normally be busy working, and you wouldn't think their minds would be on food it they were engrossed in what they were doing.
Frankly, I think we don't eat enough at our regular meals, cheating ourselves of satisfaction by eating "food lite", then needing something else, even if just for mental fulfillment, to fill us up.
Why would an otherwise healthy adult, if they ate a good size nutritious breakfast and lunch, even want more than the maybe small little treat in between?