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A snack or light meal

Common clues: Snack; Bite; Raid the fridge; Nibble; Eat between meals; Fudge on one's diet?; Have a snack; Little snack; Bag of chips, say

Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year

Frequency in English language: 55194 / 86800

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A snack food (commonly shortened to snack) is seen in Western culture as a type of food not meant to be eaten as a main meal of the day (breakfast, lunch, supper). Rather, the food is intended as a snack: something to temporarily tide a person's hunger, provide a brief supply of energy for the body, or something to be eaten for enjoyment of the taste.

Snack foods are designed to be less perishable, more durable, and more appealing than natural foods. They often contain substantial amounts of sweeteners, preservatives, and appealing ingredients such as chocolate, peanuts, and specially designed flavors (such as flavored potato chips).

Foods manufactured primarily as snack foods are often subjectively classified as junk food: they have little or no nutritional value, and are not seen as contributing towards general health and nutrition. With growing concerns for diet, weight control and general health, government bodies like Health Canada[1] are recommending people are making a conscious effort to eat more healthy, natural snacks such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and cereal grains while avoiding high-calorie, low-nutrient junk food.

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