What is Rat snacking? And how healthy is it for you? Let’s find out more about the trend of Rat Snacking

Bizarre trend of rat snacking involves humans mimicking rodent behaviour by scavenging for leftover food to create a meal with odds and ends.

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A popular social media fad is “rat snacking,” which is indulging in little, haphazard nibbles created from unusual food pairings. The term is a lighthearted reference to how rats forage for sustenance. Usually, these snacks are homemade mash-ups created from ingredients found in the cupboard, freezer, or refrigerator that aren’t normally combined. People are encouraged by this trend to embrace their impulsive taste buds and make “unhinged” snacks that are as distinctive as they are out of the ordinary. The idea is to eat food in an enjoyable and nonjudgmental manner, much like how rats scavenge together whatever they can find to eat.

In today’s fast-paced world, rat snacking, or eating between meals, has become a common behaviour. Although it gives a brief sense of enjoyment, its effects on sustainability and health are cause for concern. A seemingly harmless behaviour needs to be investigated because of possible health risks and long-term effects. Frequent snacking may cause obesity and associated health problems in rats, reflecting worries in humans. Comprehending these effects is essential for conscientious pet management since it clarifies the relevance of providing rats with a balanced diet. Rats’ longevity and general well-being can be increased by addressing their snacking habits.

What the experts have to say

Sheela Joseph, Consultant Nutrition, SPARSH Hospital, Bangalore, says, “The term ‘rat snacking’ is sometimes used to describe snacking between regular meals, with the understanding that rats nibble on bits of food during the day. Snacking between meals is not necessarily bad for you and can be a part of a healthy diet. Sustaining such eating habits, however, could lead to overeating, and unhealthy snacking could potentially lead to weight gain and health issues associated with it. Depending on the kind of food one snacks on, this periodic eating pattern can become either more or less sustainable.”

“Snacking on foods such as low-calorie fruits, raw or steamed vegetables and sprouts in the form of salads (without salad dressing) and unsalted healthy nuts & seeds in small quantities is a better choice instead of unhealthy options such as processed or sugary foods. They can help us stay full for longer, reduce the likelihood of mindless munching and help us snack responsibly. While snacking in between the meals, one should take care to have low carbohydrates, low fat and high fibre along with a good amount of protein in the main meals,” opines Joseph. Rat snacking, though tempting, can have detrimental health effects. Adopting mindful eating habits, maintaining regular meals, and choosing nutritious snacks can promote a healthier and more sustainable approach to food consumption.

Krishna Tiwari, Executive Chef, Kyma, says, “Introducing a rat snacks trend in India could involve blending local flavours. Consider unique combinations like masala popcorn with jaggery or spicy chaat with chocolate drizzle for a desi twist.” Vinayak Patil, Head Chef, Butterfly High, adds, “Explore combinations like samosa-flavoured popcorn, mango chilli lassi popsicles, or even savoury curry-flavoured ice cream for a diverse and intriguing array of rat snacks.”

By: Gursharan Kaur

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