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Close And Clear In The New Year

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Serving vessels make the difference with fruit consumption

If eating more fruits and vegetables is part of your New Year’s resolution than this is THE article for you.  New research published in Environment and Behavior shows that proximity and visibility both play a large role in the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten

Researchers experimented with 96 college students by placing apple slices and carrots in either clear or opaque bowls at tables both close to participants and about two meters away.  Food was “served” in front of participants and they were all encouraged to help themselves.  After a few minutes, it was observed that both fruits and vegetables were consumed in greater quantities when they were left close to participants.  However, when they were served up in clear bowls, only the apples enjoyed greater consumption.  Researchers hypothesize that apples are sweeter and maybe more appealing to eat than veggies. 

The moral of the story here is if you want to eat fruits and veggies, you need to think ahead and make sure they are available to eat when hunger strikes!  The best way to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies is to fill half your cart with them at the grocery store too!

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Published January 1, 2018

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