A bigger fork may help you eat less

Interesting! A new study came out where the results showed that people who eat with a bigger fork will tend to eat less. Business School researchers at the University of Utah performed an experiment at a local Italian restaurant. The researchers selected random tables to receive unusually large forks (20% larger than normal) or unusually small forks (20% smaller than normal) for their meals and then weighed each plate of food after they have finished their meal. After two days of their experiment, the results showed that the customers who were given bigger forks left more food on their plate. The reasoning behind the results was the smaller fork tends to provide less satisfaction where the customers feel that they are not making any progress in “making a dent” in their food.

Interestingly enough, the study also tested the effect of the fork size on those who were just “snacking” and not very hungry. They conducted this at the university and students were given pasta salad and the same kind of forks used in the Italian restaurant experiment. It turned out that the students who had the larger forks consumed more food! The researchers hypothesized that the students were taking a few bites out of habit rather then worrying about the portion of the dish.

Read original article here–from Times HealthLand

What do you think of the new study?


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