Begin the discussion by asking the
students to raise their hand and say what they usually eat as a snack.Once several students have shared their
typical snacks, ask them which snack(s) they think is the healthiest.
A healthy snack means it is:
·Low in fat
·Low in sugar
·Low in salt (sodium)
How do you know if a snack is healthy?
The snack’s nutrition label is the best source of information about a food or drink.
·If sugar (or fructose) is listed as
one of the first three ingredients, then the product is high in sugar.
·Salt is listed as Sodium on a nutrition label.
·Low-fat usually means that no more
than 30% of the calories in the food come from fat.
? Example: Each gram of fat in a food contains 9 calories. So,
in a food that has 3g of fat, 27 of its calories would be coming from fat.If the food is 180 calories, anything less
than 54 calories from fat would be considered low-fat (6g of fat or less).
? 54 calories is 30% of 180 calories
? 6g of fat x 9 calories per gram of fat = 54 calories
***Remember that fruits and vegetables are always a healthy snack choice.