A new study by the American Dietetic Association suggests people who skip healthy snacks are less likely to lose weight.
The researchers also found people who eat the healthy snacks daily are less prone to a variety of health problems.
The findings come after several studies in recent years suggested people who consume a lot of sugary drinks and snacks are at higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and obesity.
The American Dietetics Association released the study Tuesday.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed data from more than 200,000 people.
The association has not published a full-fledged study of the study yet.
The findings were also not unexpected, said Jennifer Gazzaniga, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at University of Michigan Health System.
“We know that people who are obese and diabetic have a higher risk of diabetes,” Gazziniga said.
“So if we can reduce those risk factors, then you can reduce your risk of obesity.”
She said many studies have found sugary snacks can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and other serious health problems for people who already have these conditions.
The association’s study found those who ate a lot or were regular snacks ate the same amount of calories as those who skipped sugary snack options.
People who ate fewer calories had lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
The study also found those with a diet high in sugar, which is typically associated with heart disease risk, also ate fewer total calories than those who did not eat sugary junk food.
People who eat unhealthy snacks are also more likely to eat fast food, take more unhealthy vitamin and mineral supplements, and get more calories than people who don’t eat snacks, the study found.
“This is not just a matter of having a diet that’s high in junk food,” said Dr. Michael Siegel, a cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
“It’s also a matter about the amount of sugar, and the amount that you get from those things.”
He said most people who avoid sugary treats should be wary of the kinds of foods they eat.
“When we eat something, we’re giving it to ourselves and we’re eating it without our conscious awareness of what it is,” Siegel said.
“It’s the same kind of thing with junk food: It’s the only thing we can think of, so we’ll eat it without thinking about what it might be,” he said.
The researchers also noted that people eating healthier snacks do not have a greater risk of developing obesity or other health problems than those that skip them.
They also said that people with diabetes should not avoid eating healthy snacks, but it is better to take advantage of all of the options available.
The studies authors did not find any differences between people who ate more calories and those who didn’t eat sugared snacks.
Gazzanigan said the study suggests the number of sugary snacks people should have varies widely depending on their diet.
“If they’re really healthy, it might just be that they eat the same number of calories, but if they’re overweight or obese, then they might have a different number of snacks,” she said.
Dr. Karen Wahlgren, an assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic, said the studies also did not look at the effects of a person’s health history, so it is possible some people might have different responses to sugary foods.
But Wahlig said people should be careful about the kind of snacks they eat, because they could lead to health issues, like heart disease.
She said those who eat more calories may be at higher risks for some health problems, including heart disease or diabetes.