It's no secret that sticking to your healthy diet is tougher when you eat out. There are the massive restaurant portion sizes, and sneaky calorie bombs (buffalo chicken salad, we're looking at you!) -- and now new research suggests ambient lighting can trick you into eating more too.
A new study by Ryan Elder and Gina Mohr suggests it may not just be the texture of these foods that matters; maybe the sound that chewy, crunchy foods produce acts as a sixth flavor that affects our appetite and sense of fullness.
I'm patiently continuing my habituation with a wide variety of fruits and raw vegetables, hoping that by summer I'll be able to eat a salad without feeling like a grazing ruminant. Everybody else eats it and likes it, so chances are I can, too.
The Journal of the Association for Consumer Research is a new quarterly publication, and in its inaugural issue it's tackling the behavioral science of eating. In this issue are a few deliciously surprising and counterintuitive findings from studies.
Manipulating the food environment can be a great tool for effortlessly improving people's eating habits, but this analysis suggests cafeterias should await further proof before they overhaul the dishware.
Diets advertise thinness, yet eating healthfully offers so much more than a tenuous bikini body. "Emotional eating" is a popular term used to describe eating that is influenced by emotions both positive and negative.