Dr. Richard Mattes of Purdue University has long been researching food and nutrition. His research on snacking has found that Americans have implemented a "4th Meal" making up over 500 calories extra each day. Half of those snacking calories are coming from sugary beverages such as soda, juice, or energy drinks. To make sure you are snacking on the right stuff, Nancy Auestad, Ph.D., of the Dairy Research Institute recommends Americans eating "good tasting snacks that provide dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium and potassium can help consumers meet recommended intakes."
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