Snacks are something many of us have enjoyed, even if we know better about the non-healthy aspects. In some ways, snacks are like a guilty pleasure defined as something you enjoy, even if it's embarrassing or shameful to admit liking. (We're only talking about snacks here, folks.)
Yes, I'm guilty of snack pleasures too: crunchy Cheetos and popcorn (never movie popcorn).
So, it was a surprise to see a display of these products. Does this mean, we can feel less guilty when snacking?
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Here's some new-to-me things I learned about snack foods.
What's the most popular junk food in the U.S.?
Potato chips, ice cream, candy bars, and cookies. It seems that Americans ♥️ junk food.
Where's the snack food capital of the U.S.?
According to many sources, it's Hanover, PA, home to companies like Utz Brands Inc and Snyder's of Hanover. The town of Hanover and several counties around it are the biggest producers of potato chips worldwide.
What city eats the most potato chips?
Detroit is known for cars and Motown. But, its third claim to fame is potato chip consumption capital of the country. Detroit folks consume an average of 7 pounds of chips a year compared to the rest of the country which eats 4 pounds.
What's the largest selling snack food in the U.S.?
No surprise that it's Doritos. These crunchy corn tortilla chips are the top-searched snack food inover 20 states.
What's the oldest snack food?
Popcorn holds that title. Archaeological sites in Peru and Mexico recently yielded 7,000 year old maize husks said to be evidence of popcorn preparation and consumption by ancient indigenous peoples.
What's the most unhealthy snack food?
Any baked chips as these are highly processed and often lower in fat so you consume large quantities without ever feeling full.
What are the most unhealthy American snacks?
Corn based snacks, like Fritos and Cheetos, which are made of highly processed corn, contain little to no nutritional value. Once corn snacks are fried, loaded with sodium and tossed in cheese, they become some of the unhealthiest things you can eat.
And, now I know more about snacks and so do you.
Your turn —do you have a guilty snack pleasure? (this is a no-judgment blog)
Enjoy Your Weekend, Everyone
Snack on if you like (calories don't count on weekends, right?)