After a meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior researchers came to the conclusion that humans as well as animals preferred eating smaller bits of food as they found it more satisfying and enjoyable and may help people control their weight more easily because they are more satisfying to eat than one big piece with the same amount of calories.
I’m the first one to sit down and after saying grace take the bigest bite that I can possibly can of that juicy cheeseburger and follow it up with lovely and crispy french fries. Taking small bits during eating is tedious and sometimes impossible but in todays fast paced world were our daily itenarary could choke a horse, its way to easy to eat as fast as we possibly can sometimes without even noticing what we are stuffing in our face, the worst part being that foods that have been especially designed for this fast paced foods are not good for you at all, but thats another article.
Many previous studies have shown that larger portions can lead people to eat more and one study in particular showed with the help if lab rats who were trained in a T-maze using 4 by 45 small food pellets in one location and 1 large 300 mg food pellets in another. It was revealed that the rats prefered to visit the location with the smaller food pellets more often and when the scientist switched the locations in the T-maze the rats once again had a strong preference for the site that had the smaller food pellets. In another version of the same experiment the rats where offered 4 by 45 mg pellets in one location and 1 300 mg pellet in another and the rats choose a preference for the 300 mg pellet which meant that the rats choose weight of food pellet over amount.
The researchers in that study came to the conclusion that rats prefered multiple to single food units, and judge a given weight of food as greater when the number of units is greater. They stated that this apparent “failure of conservation” may be common to other species, including humans.
So to test the idea in humans these same scientist invited 301 college students to take part in an experiment where they gave each an whole uncut 82 g bagel. Twenty minutes after eating the bagel, the students were invited to eat as much as they wanted from a measured amount of food at the test meal. Any left over bagel or test meal was then measured to assess what each student had eaten and the results showed that the students who ate the single, uncut bagel, ate more calories from both the bagel and the test meal, than their fellow counterparts who were given the bagel as four pieces. It was said this showed that eating food cut into several pieces may be more satiating than eating it as a single, uncut portion.
The idea of manipulating perception to fool the body about food may be a new tool for those seeking to lose weight and even by manipulating the aroma of food caused people to take smaller bites, resulting in up to 10% reduction in intake per bite. They suggested aroma control combined with portion control could fool the body into thinking it was full with a smaller amount of food. So the next time your lookking to dig your chops into a large and juicy meal think about the size of the portion that you eat, remember that I am not advicationg eating less here, but what I am truly eat the same amount that you eat now but in smaller bites.