Your gro­cery store guide to health

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If this re­search is to go by, mak­ing healthy eat­ing choices is pri­mar­ily a state of mind, and one which can be cul­ti­vated over time.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, eat­ing an ap­ple upon en­ter­ing the gro­cery store led to shop­pers buy­ing 25% more fruits and veg­eta­bles than those who did not, in a new study from the Cor­nell Food & Brand Lab. “What this teaches us,” says Aner Tal, PhD of Cor­nell, “is that hav­ing a small healthy snack be­fore shop­ping can put us in a health­ier mind­set and steer us to­wards mak­ing bet­ter food choices.” Co-au­thor Brian Wansink con­ducted three ex­per­i­ments to make their case, the first of which in­volved 120 shop­pers. They were given at ran­dom an ap­ple, a cookie or noth­ing at all as they ar­rived at the gro­cery store. Track­ing their pur­chases, the re­searchers con­cluded that those who had eaten an ap­ple bought 28% more fruits and veg­eta­bles than those who had con­sumed a cookie and 25% more fruits and veg­eta­bles than those who were not given a snack. What in­flu­ences shop­pers, ac­cord­ing to the study, is the per­ceived health­ful­ness, rather than ac­tual health­ful­ness. The re­search also ad­vises shop­pers to eat a small, healthy snack be­fore go­ing to the gro­cery store in or­der to re­duce hunger and point you in the right di­rec­tion when mak­ing healthy choices.

The study ad­vises shop­pers to eat a small snack be­fore head­ing to a gro­cery store so you make health­ier choices

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