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Snack

A hasty meal.

Research in the U.S.A has proved that having sweet snacks such as chocolate or fruit between meals, leads to overeating to the tune of about 20% at the next meal. Avoiding sugar and fructose in all its forms seems to offer the solution, as in one carefully conducted test those eating plain (or an artificially sweetened) yoghurt had no later increase in appetite whereas those eating a sweetened variety were much hungrier at lunchtime.

The U.K's consumption of savoury snacks, at 1,6bn Euro's per annum, outpaces the combined value of the Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish markets - which together form the continent's top six.

However, great differences in taste occur across the continent. For example, Pretzels dominate the Austrian market and while popular in Germany, their market share plummets elsewhere.

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