Is snacking good for people of different ages?

Snacking in moderation is good for everyone and should be part of a healthy lifestyle. Snacking is particularly important for specific age groups, including pregnant women and new mums. People who are watching their weight can reduce their overall food intake by selecting snack foods based on grains with a low GI and  a healthy fat content.


  • Snacks can help support healthy growth and development and provide the energy required to stay focused at school, or supply extra fuel for sport and play.
  • Snacks are especially important for young children's small appetites and stomachs.
  • Nutritionists recommend that a third  of a child's energy needs should be derived from healthy snacks.
  • Active children should be eating at least 4 serves of grain-based carbohydrate foods everyday

Adolescents and active people:

  • Snacks are vital for adolescents and active people, such as athletes, who have high energy needs.
  • Foods that release energy slowly, or foods with a low Glycemic Index, can help improve endurance and performance. Eating a snack with a high Glycemic Index immediately after sport or play will help to refuel working muscles.

New mums:

  • New mums need to snack to make sure they keep their energy up and meet their necessary extra daily nutritional requirements.

Older people:

  • Nutritious snacks can play an important role in maintaining good health and helping to reduce the risk of disease.
  • Grain-based snacks such as biscuits, crackers and crispbreads provide extra fibre important for good digestive health.