Food la­belling im­pact

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NEW YORK: La­belling some foods as meals rather than snacks could cut down on overeat­ing, a new study sug­gests.

The re­search in­cluded 80 peo­ple who were asked to eat a pasta dish pre­sented as ei­ther a snack (eaten stand­ing up from a plas­tic pot with a plas­tic fork) or a meal (eaten seated at a ta­ble from a ce­ramic plate with a metal fork).

Af­ter they ate the meals, the par­tic­i­pants were in­vited to tastetest ad­di­tional foods, such as an­i­mal crack­ers and M&Ms.

Those who had eaten the pasta pre­sented as a snack ate much more dur­ing the taste test than those who had eaten the pasta that had been pre­sented as a meal, ac­cord­ing to the study, pub­lished on­line re­cently in the jour­nal Ap­petite.

– New York Times

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