Portion control may be all in the mind, studies suggest…
- Restaurants are taking notice, says prominent food-science researcher Brian Wansink of Cornell University. His own tests found children were satisfied with about half the fries in their Happy Meal long before McDonald’s cut back on size and calories, last year.
- Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Noted the following, interesting points…
- 1. Switching from 11-inch plates to 10-inch ones makes people take less food, and waste less food, because the smaller plate makes a normal serving look more satisfying.
- 2. People think they’re drinking more from a tall skinny glass than a short wide one even if both hold the same volume, a finding Wansink says is widely practiced in bars.
- 3. Kids shouldn’t eat from the adult bowls. Six-year-olds serve themselves 44 percent more food in an 18-ounce bowl than a 12-ounce bowl.