Snack Attack!

To snack or not to snack? And what counts as a snack, anyhow? Plus the great meal vs. snack smackdown: is grazing good, or does eating between meals lead to waistline expansion? We’re asking deep questions about not-so-substantial foods in this crispy, crunchy, and highly craveable episode. Along the way, we uncover snacking’s early connections to pirate’s booty, reveal which of your favorite snacks started their lives as cattle feed, and tell the shocking, true story of the woman who never snacks.


Miss Potato ChipMiss Potato Chip, Life Magazine, 1949

Episode Notes

Bee Wilson and The Way We Eat Now

Bee Wilson is not only a food writer and historian, she’s a Gastropod regular: we interviewed Bee for our first episode, "The Golden Spoon," and she’s also featured in "First Foods: Learning to Eat,""The Buzz on Honey," "Fake Food," "Out of the Fire, Into the Frying Pan," and "Hotbox: The Oven from Turnspit Dogs to Microwaves." Basically, we can’t get enough of Bee! Most recently, she is the author of The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World.

Nadia Berenstein

Nadia Berenstein is a flavor historian who studies the science and technology of food. We’re bringing back the gang in this episode: Nadia was also featured in "Savor Flavor" and "Eating the Rainbow." She’s currently working on a book based on her PhD thesis whose working title is Flavor: An Artificial History.

Barry Popkin

Barry Popkin is a nutrition and obesity researcher and professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. We interviewed Barry in "Sweet and Low (Calorie)" and our two-part series on "The Great Soda Wars." Barry works with governments around the world on obesity prevention policies, and runs the Global Food Research Program at UNC.

Satchin Panda

Satchidananda Panda is a professor at the Salk Institute and helped found the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego. He’s a leading researcher on circadian rhythms and wrote a book all about it: The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy and Sleep Well Every Night.

Elizabeth Avery

Elizabeth Avery is the president and CEO of SNAC International, the snack food industry’s international trade association. She’s a food industry veteran, having previously worked as senior vice president of global public policy and government affairs at PepsiCo.


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