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Snacks are Detrimental for a Number of Reasons

   1. They deprive the stomach and other organs of the rest they normally require.

   2. They retard digestion and thus give rise to flatulence (gas) and related symptoms.

   3. They tend to increase the total calorie intake beyond actual need.

   4. Since snacks are high in sugar and simple carbohydrate content, they deprive the body           of necessary elements such as vitamins and minerals found in a balanced diet.

   5. Snacks tend to lessen the desire and enjoyment of regular meals and thus reduce                   digestibility.

X-ray studies conducted to determine the emptying time of the normal stomach shows the average to be between four and five hours.  A study was run using several persons who were given a routine breakfast consisting of cereal and cream, bread, cooked fruit and an egg.  Their stomachs were X-rayed and found to be empty in four and one-half hours.

A few days later these same persons were given the same type of breakfast and two hours later they were fed snacks, their emptying time was checked.  The results are shown on the following chart. 

 Normal     Breakfast

2 hours later Results
Person # 1 Ice Cream Cone Residue in the stomach after 6 hours
Person #2 Peanut Butter Sandwich Residue after 9 hours
Person #3 Pumpkin Pie, Glass of Milk Residue after 9 hours
Person #4 Half slice of bread & butter repeated every 1 ½ hour interval and no dinner More than half his breakfast in stomach after 9 hours
Person #5 Twice in the morning, twice in the afternoon a bit of chocolate candy 13 ½ hours later more than one-half the morning meal was still in the stomach.

The key to regularity in eating lies in having a good breakfast.  When the morning meal is omitted, one tends to become hungry before noon; less is eaten, but before long, hunger returns.  Snacking in the afternoon becomes the logical solution, then there is no desire for food at six p.m., so dinner is delayed until later.  This requires the stomach to work during sleeping hours, and a restless night follows.