A recent study has shown that one in three women snack in secret, keeping their eating habits away from their partners and friends. One of the main reasons for the secrecy is apparently embarrassment about the type of food they eat, and the amount of snacks that they consume.
Almost half of the 2,000 women surveyed by the American Pistachio Growers said that they were embarrassed at just how often they found themselves heading to the cupboard for a snack, while 19% just don’t want people to think they have an unhealthy diet.
Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University Dr Cathy Kapica said, “The odd snack here and there isn’t a bad thing. In some cases snacking can be an important part of a healthy diet. Choosing foods that are nutritious and taste good may alleviate the sense of guilt and the apparent need for secrecy.”
Another figure revealed by the survey was that 40% of British women hide snacks from their partners to prevent them from eating it, with many opting to stash the goodies at the back of the drawer or cupboard, or even under their bed! However, 31% said that they hide it from their partners so that they can eat the goodies themselves.
According to Dr Kapica, “If they were eating snacks like they should be, they wouldn’t be worried about doing it in secret.”
The study also revealed that, on average, women will have two snacks a day with almost three quarters of those surveyed saying that they have skipped a meal and had a treat instead, with many saying that they can’t go a full day without having a snack between meals.
Crisps were the most popular choice, ahead of chocolate, biscuits and cake. 69% said that they were worried that they snack too often, and 80% said they were trying to cut down on the junk food. Fresh fruit is the healthy snack of choice, just ahead of nuts and crackers.