Late night snack cravings

Students discuss their favorite snacks

Late night snack cravings

Cooper Anderson, Reporter

The most enjoyable bite of the day after a nice dinner and the sun goes down, there’s nothing better than laying down to watch a show with a delicious snack by your side. 

“Goldfish [is my favorite late night snack] because it’s good and you can get little snack baggies for it which makes them mobile,” sophomore London Berthiaume said. 

The Goldfish contain high amounts of sodium, (250 mg) per serving. In children and adults, high intake of sodium can have dire side effects, kidney damage, high blood pressure and heart problems, according to Health Org.

Sophomore Gavin Rand plays football for the Bulldogs and says he burns a lot of calories every day between school, practice and games.

“Cheez-its [is my favorite late night snack] because it’s cheesy and they have many flavors,” Rand said. 

There are 16 different types of cheez-its, ranked cheez-its has all 16 of them ranked the top 5 being, Grooves: Original Cheddar at 5, cheddar jack at 4, Duoz: Cheddar Jack and Jalapeño at 3, Grooves: Sharp White Cheddar at 2 and finally, Duoz: Caramel Popcorn and Cheddar is the winner, according to Food & Wine.

Sophomore Abigail Reavis says that strawberries are her favorite snack because they are good and healthy.

“[Buying snacks] is about 50/50,” Reavis said. “I usually spend around $50 on snacks and most of the time my parents pay for it. I only have to pay for them if it is something we don’t usually get.” 

 Teens spend approximately 24 percent of their income on snacks, food, etc., according to CNBC. Many students say that their parents pay for their snacks.

 According to Healthfully a teenage boy between the ages of 14 and 18 should eat between 2,000 and 3,200 calories based on their activity level. According to Live Strong girls ages 11-18 should consume between 1,800 and 2,400 calories a day based on their activity level. Even with eating three meals a day, you will most likely be tempted to grab something fast like cookies, candy chips, etc. Studies show that most of the times when teens go to grab a quick snack, most turn to fast food or junk food, according to CNBC.

Studies show that while going through a regular day sometimes you may not notice how hungry you really are. Because of this a lot of teens turn to eating tons of junk food late at night. Obesity is growing in the United States on a very large scale this may be part of the problem. One way to get around this problem would be by creating a meal schedule and a snack schedule so that you aren’t cramming it all into one setting at night. One of the problems about eating at night also lies in the fact that you were about to go to sleep so you won’t be burning any of the calories you were consuming. 

But having a snack throughout the day isn’t all bad. Studies show that eating healthy snacks can help you to stay focused, give you energy, and keep hunger and check. The occasional Taco Bell and bag of Doritos isn’t all that bad either.

Rand likes both healthy and unhealthy snacks.

 “A mix of both healthy and unhealthy,” Rand said. “I like consuming a lot of calories due to how many I burn during the day at football practice. I also like to add protein into my smoothies and shakes.”