HealthDay) -Does your typical afternoon snack leave you feeling unsatisfied and more for reaching? If your pick-me-up is a bag of salty chips or a chocolate bar, a better (and healthier) way to go is a high-protein choice, according to the research published in The Journal of Nutrition.
Snacks can make or break your diet. They can be a bridge from one meal to the next, keeping hunger in check and keeping you from overeating at meals. But if you’re careful, they can add unwanted and even more calories to your daily total.
Studies show that people of normal-weight tend to choose healthy snacks, like protein, fruit or whole grains, while overweight people have high-fat and sugar in the snacks high in the long run, often in their weight woes.
The study, which involved teens, found that surprisingly good snacks are soy-based, high-protein choices-a perfect way to get more plant foods in your diet. When the effects of a high-protein soy snack to a high-fat snack, the researchers found that eating soy protein improves appetite control and diet quality, and helps you feel more satisfied. It can also boost your mood and brain function
Soybeans are nutritionally unique-the only vegetable that offers perfect protein, all nine essential amino acids need for health. They’re rich in B vitamins, iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Eaten whole as edamame, they’re also a excellent source of fiber Soy is also available as tofu that can be cut in chunks and tossed in salads, soy milk for smoothies, and even soy cheese.
If you have any added saturated fat, cholesterol and / or sugar, then you are ready to eat.