A new study, announced yesterday at the meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior in Zurich, Switzerland, has uncovered findings that cutting your food into tiny pieces will improve satiety and reduce overall consumption in subsequent meals.
Although this seems like a new concept, scientists have long-known that fooling the eye can inhibit excessive consumption, such as eating off smaller plates. This research, from the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, suggests that the number and size of foods pieces have an even more significant impact.
In one branch of the study, 300 college students were given a bagel – half received the bagel cut into 4 pieces the other half received the bagel whole. Twenty minutes later, the students were offered a complimentary lunch and were allowed to eat as much or as little as they preferred.
Upon completion of the meal, researchers recorded the amount of food consumed by both groups and found that the students given the whole bagel consumed more in both meal settings that students given the bagel cut into four pieces.
The lead author of the study, Devina Wadhera said in a press release yesterday, “…cutting up energy-dense meal foods into smaller pieces may be beneficial to dieters who wish to make their meal more satiating while also maintaining portion control.”