Sometimes we found ourselves facing buffet lines tempting us with a vast assortment of calorie-loaded, not-so-good-for-us choices. An intriguing study from Cornell University offers a super-simple strategy for successfully navigating bountiful buffets without wrecking your waistline and your health.
According to their carefully conducted studies, we are much more likely to select the food items we encounter first in buffet lines and less likely to partake from those placed near the end. Specifically, the researchers found that when a healthy food, in this case, fruit, was offered first, 86.4% of the study subjects took it while only 54.8% took the fruit when it was offered last.
Likewise, 75.6% took a less healthy choice, in this case, cheesy eggs, when offered first while only 28.8% selected them when they were offered last. Additionally, the researchers found that about 65 % of a study subject’s plate was filled with at least one of the initial three food items offered.
Take home message – Enter the buffet line where the healthiest food selections are located, and if you are hosting the buffet, strategically place the healthiest food items first.
(Plos One, November 2013)
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