Surfing the Net, Stuffing Your Face

Why web surfing can be detrimental to your diet.

By PT Staff, published on May 1, 1997 - last reviewed on January 23, 2015

Hardcore computer buffs aren't especially known for having healthy
eating habits--and no wonder. According to the Tufts University Diet
& Nutrition Letter, 85 percent of Internet users say they frequently
munch while surfing the Web. Their favorite cybersnacks? Popcorn (24
percent of respondents), pretzels (23 percent), and potato chips (17
percent). The survey's sponsor--the American Snack Food Association--must
be quivering with joy. In any event, Webheads curious about their
nutrient intake should check out the University of Illinois's Nutritional
Analysis Tool site (http://spectre.ag.uluc.edu/~food-lab/nat/).