Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I'll be the first to admit that grabbing some fruits or veggies to snack on when you're really hungry isn't always the first choice. We all know it should be, but sometimes that nice glass bowl of mini chocolate bars at the office gets the better of us. (Or pretzels. Or chips. Or...) Actually, it's not really our faults; it's science. Some years ago I read about a Cornell study that found that people are likely to eat more candy in the office if it's out and visible (and even if we're not hungry). See? It's not us, it's science.
The good news is that we can use this info to our benefit. Put out the healthy stuff. If you see it, you're more likely to eat it. A bowl of blueberries or strawberries, or keep cut up veggies on a plate in the fridge so that when you open the door, lo and behold: crudite! Do some prep work ahead of time and you'll enjoy the fruits (or veggies) of your labor for a few days while you righteously snack on fruits and veggies. (Check you out!)
Also, there's another Penn study that shows that we eat more when there's more variety, even if that variety is just perceived and not actual. For instance, "
Posted by Kendra at 4:15 PM