Excerpts from a Miami Herald article published 9/18/12 written by Sheah Rarback
In the past Brian Wansink Cornell University researcher has done research to find the following:
- Bigger portions lead to greater consumption
- Visual cues stimulate food intake
- Drinking fine wine with food increases satisfaction with the entire meal.
The focus of his latest research was the impact of white tablecloths and mood lighting on diners at fast-food restaurants, and the results were surprising.
Diners in a higher-end environment take more time to eat, as expected, but, surprisingly, ate less. They left more food on their plates, consuming an average of 133 fewer calories.
These were not the expected results. Usually, a slower meal translates to more calories. Interviews with the diners indicated that as they slowly ate, the food tended to lose its appeal and they stopped eating.
Sheah Rarback is a registered dietitian on the faculty of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.