Researchers found that keeping fruit in a clear bowl and then placing it at arm's reach may increase the amount you eat.
If you’re trying to increase the amount of fruits and veggies you eat each day, all you may need to do is move your favorite clear fruit bowl a little bit closer to you.
Researchers Gregory Privitera and Heather Creary watched as 96 college students were left alone with bowls of sliced apples and carrots, and found that close proximity increased the consumption of the two good-for-you foods, while proximity and increased visibility encouraged people to eat more apples.
During the study, the researchers placed apple slices and pre-cut carrots into either clear or opaque bowls and placed the bowls close to some, and 6.5 feet away from others. After observing the groups for 10 minutes, the researchers found that the participants who sat closer to the foods would eat more of them than those who had distance between them and the foods. Additionally, making the fruit and veggies more visible (by placing them in a clear bowl) encouraged participants to eat more fruit. The study was featured in a recent article of Environment and Behavior and uncovers yet another trick to increasing fresh fruit and veggie consumption.
Beyond keeping your fruit and veggies within arm’s reach, people who are trying to increase consumption may want to consider the following Stemilt tips:
- Slice up your fruit and veggies ahead of time and place them in snack containers so that all you have to do when you’re out and about is eat them!
- Combine fruits and veggies with other foods you like (such as cheese, peanut butter, or ranch) to make sure you snack on them.
- Fill half of every plate you eat with fruits and veggies.
- Hide veggies in a sandwich or mix fruit into yogurt to get that extra serving.
Source: Science Daily.