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BODY WATCH : Snack Attacks : For between-meal meals, do you go for healthy or not-so-healthy? Or maybe you reach for nothing at all. : Nosh, Nosh, Nosh

May 31, 1994

In 1993, the average person ate 21.5 pounds of snacks*, according to the Snack Food Assn., a Virginia-based trade association. That's up from 18 pounds a person in 1989 and about 17.5 in 1987.

Pounds per person per Calories per Snack Food year serving Grams of fat Potato chips 6.5 148/ounce 10 Tortilla chips 4.5 140/ounce 7 Popcorn (air popped, no butter) 2.5 3/ounce Trace Popcorn (with butter) xx 6/ounce 2.5 Pretzels 2.25 110/ounce 2 Snack nuts 2 170/ounce 15 "Puffy" snacks 1 160/ounce 9 Corn chips 1 150/ounce 9 Party mix 0.5 130/ounce 4.7 Multigrain chips 0.25 150/ounce 8 Pork rinds 0.25 160/ounce 10

Snack Food % fat Potato chips 60% Tortilla chips 45 Popcorn (air popped, no butter) Trace Popcorn (with butter) 45 Pretzels 16 Snack nuts 79 "Puffy" snacks 50 Corn chips 54 Party mix 32 Multigrain chips 48 Pork rinds 56

*Meat and other "variety pack" snacks account for less than one pound Sources: "Food Values of Portions Commonly Used", "The Complete & Up-To-Date Fat Book", Diane Grabowski, Santa Monica dietitian; Snack Food Assn. Researched by KATHLEEN DOHENY / For The Times

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