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Foodies Seem to Eat Less than Others

New research finds that adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

Researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab performed a national survey of 502 women and discovered that those who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods rated themselves as healthier eaters, more physically active, and more concerned with the healthfulness of their food when compared with non-adventurous eaters.

The adventurist eaters reported consummation of a host of exotic items including seitan, beef tongue, kimchi, rabbit, and polenta.

“They also reported being much more likely to have friends over for dinner,” said lead author Lara Latimer, Ph.D., formerly at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and now at the University of Texas at Austin.

“These findings are important to dieters because they show that promoting adventurous eating may provide a way for people, especially women, to lose or maintain weight without feeling restricted by a strict diet,” said coauthor Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the Cornell lab.

He advised, “Instead of sticking with the same boring salad, start by adding something new. It could kick start a more novel, fun and healthy life of food adventure.”

The article appears in the journal Obesity.

Source: Cornell Food and Brand Lab/EurekAlert

Foodies Seem to Eat Less than Others

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Foodies Seem to Eat Less than Others. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2015/07/06/surprise-foodies-eat-less-than-others/86502.html

 

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