Between Meals

Take our survey and fill us in on your snacking habits

Fifth Annual Reader Survey

January 10, 2007|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,[Sun reporter]

Ah, the snack. What else sounds so small, yet plays such a large role in how we eat?

On one hand, we're told we're a nation of bad snackers whose appetite for processed pick-me-ups has left us overweight and unhealthy. Yet the American Dietetic Association says snacking done right keeps energy up and actually helps control weight.

For our fifth annual Taste reader survey, we'd like to know how you eat between meals. Do you go for healthful fuel or grab the goodies your co-worker brought to the office? Are you a late-night refrigerator raider or is midmorning your prime snack time?

Please take a few minutes to mark your answers, clip them out and send them back to us. You can mail them to Taste Survey, care of Kate Shatzkin, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. Or you may fill out the survey online at / tastesurvey.

The deadline for responding is Jan. 31. Look for the results in a coming issue of Taste.


1. On a normal weekday, how many times a day do you eat between meals?

a. Once

b. Twice

c. Three or more times

d. I don't eat between meals.

2. On a normal weekend day, how often do you eat between meals?

a. Once

b. Twice

c. Three times or more

d. I don't eat be-tween meals.

3. What time of day are you most likely to have a snack? (Pick all that apply.)

a. Between breakfast and lunch

b. Early afternoon

c. Late afternoon

d. In the evening after dinner

e. I don't eat between meals.

4. How many calories would you estimate you consumed in your last snack?

a. 100 or less

b. 101 to 300

c. more than 300

d. I don't know and I don't want to know.

e. I don't eat between meals.

5. What did you have for your last snack?

a. Cookie(s)

b. Popcorn

c. Pretzel(s)

d. Raw vegetables or fruit

e. Candy

f. Chips

g. Crackers

h. Yogurt

i. Granola or energy bar

j. Other / don't remember

k. I don't snack.

6. If you buy a snack at work, you're more likely to choose ...

a. Something salty

b. Something sweet

c. Whatever's around

d. I don't snack at work.

7. When you eat a snack at home, you're more likely to choose ...

a. Something salty

b. Something sweet

c. Whatever's around

d. I don't snack at home.

8. Where are you likely to snack? (Mark all that apply.)

a. At the movies

b. At work

c. In my kitchen

d. In my living room / family room

e. In the car

f. Hanging out with friends

9. How much do you pay for a typical snack?

a. Less than $1

b. $1 to $3

c. More than $3

10. Complete this statement: I reach for a snack mostly because ...

a. I'm hungry.

b. I'm stressed.

c. I'm bored.

d. It's there.

e. I don't snack.

11. Which best describes your New Year's resolution for 2007?

a. I'm going to cut down on snacks.

b. I'm going to eat more healthful snacks.

c. I'm happy with my current snacking habits.

d. I don't snack, so quit bothering me about this.

12. Will you eat snacks with trans fats?

a. Absolutely not.

b. Sometimes -- how bad can a little bit be?

c. I've never thought about it.


1. How old are you?

a. Under 18

b. 18 to 34

c. 35 to 49

d. 50 to 64

e. 65 and older

2. What is your gender?

a. Male

b. Female

3. Do you have children under 18 living with you?

a. Yes

b. No

4. What is your marital status?

a. Married or living with partner

b. Single, never married

c. Divorced or separated

d. Widowed

5. What is your ZIP code?

If you are willing to talk with a reporter about snacking, please include your name, phone number and e-mail address.


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