Food­ies could be the health­i­est among us?

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Here’s some­thing that will make food junkies feel good about them­selves. Lov­ing food is not a bad thing, says a new re­search. We think of those who love fine food and try­ing new dishes as be­ing in­dul­gent and even glut­tonous, yet the study sug­gests the op­po­site: Food­ies weigh less and could be in bet­ter health than the less ad­ven­tur­ous among us. They tend to ex­plore new food items more of­ten than us, and some of them could be healthy.

Hail­ing from the Cor­nell Food and Brand Lab in the US, the re­search team worked with sur­vey re­sponses from 502 Amer­i­can women of a mean age of 26.8, and whose av­er­age body mass in­dex (BMI) was 25.96. They were asked about their weight sat­is­fac­tion, lifestyle and per­son­al­ity traits, and the re­search team pro­vided a list of 16 novel foods and asked them to re­port which ones they had tried. Those who had sam­pled nine or more of the foods on the list were con­sid­ered “food­ies”, and the rest were con­sid­ered non-ad­ven­tur­ous eaters.

The re­search team ad­just- ed the data to draw on pos­si­ble as­so­ci­a­tions be­tween ad­ven­tur­ous eat­ing, BMI and body im­age. Those who said they noshed on sta­ples such as sei­tan and kim­chi also de­scribed them­selves as more con­cerned with health­ful­ness of what they ate than did those who stuck to tra­di­tional fare. Food­ies were also more phys­i­cally ac­tive, and their over­all di­ets ap­peared health­ier to the re­search team than those of their coun­ter­parts. “They also re­ported be­ing much more likely to have friends over for din­ner,” says lead au­thor Lara La­timer.

What’s more, they were likely to pre­pare meals that cor­re­sponded to their her­itage and had a slightly lower BMI than their coun­ter­parts. “These find­ings are im­por­tant to di­eters as 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,” says au­thor Brian Wansink. “It could kick­start a more novel, fun and healthy life of food ad­ven­ture,” he added.

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