Snacks crowd into “three squares” meal structure

by Donna Berry
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Traditional eating patterns centering on three “square,” structured meals a day remain a defining paradigm for Americans as an ideal. But in practice, modern eating styles are characterized by frequent snacking, so much so that 37 percent of the time, a snack provides one of the three most substantial eatings of the day for American consumers. Such individualized and customized snacking occasions are more commonly consumed alone. Processors have the opportunity to design meat and poultry into craveable snacks for anytime of the day.
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