Plate selection may be the newest diet trend. If your food is the same color as your plate, you'll eat more. Smaller plates also make us believe we've eaten more.
There's an interesting new discovery concerning weight loss. You may subconsciously be eating more than you think you are if you're eating from the wrong color plate. Sound crazy? Well, there certainly seems to be something to it.
The color contrast on your table - between your food and your plate and your dinnerware and the tablecloth - creates an optical illusion that can encourage you to eat more than you realize, according to a new study by Dr. Brian Wansink and Dr. Koert van ittersum of Cornell University.
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Sixty attendees at a college reunion were divided and directed to buffets serving either pasta with tomato sauce or pasta with Alfredo sauce. Each person was randomly given either a red or white plate, and they served themselves. Their portion sizes were weighed using hidden scales.
Those who served themselves pasta with Alfredo sauce on a white plate or pasta with tomato sauce on a red plate placed 22 percent more food on their plate than those who had a red plate with Alfredo sauce or a white plate with tomato sauce. In addition, reducing the color contrast between dishes and the table, tablecloth, or placement helped reduce over-serving by as much as 10 percent.