According to a study findings released in the May 2007 Journal of the American Dietetic Association, snacking can be beneficial for older adults.
Calorie consumption among older people decreases with age, by as much as 1200 calories per day for men, and 800 calories per day for women compared to young adults.
The study, conducted by researchers at Auburn University and the US Department of Agriculture studied more than 2,000 people over the age of 65.
Researchers found that 84 percent of adults in the study ate snacks on a daily basis.
Older adults who ate snacks consumed significantly more calories, protein, carbohydrate and total fat per day than those who did not eat snacks.
Overall, snacks accounted for one-quarter of daily calories, one-fifth of total fat intake and 14 percent of protein intake.
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