If you want to lose weight, buy blue plates.
It's not just the size of your plate that can influence how much you eat, but also the color. That is, if your dinner plate is a bold color, such as red, orange or yellow, it could encourage you to eat more.
It's long been recognized that color influences food consumption, which is why fast food restaurants use bold colors in their advertising, packaging and décor. These are the colors that cue your brain to get more food.
A Boston University psychology study first published in 2004 found that eating food from a red plate could increase your calorie intake by 25 percent, reports All Headline News.
Now a 2011 Boston University study shows a different type of relationship between food and color. Specifically, we tend to eat more when there is less contrast between the color of the food and the color of the plate on which it is served.
Example: People eat more pasta smothered in a red sauce when it is served on a red plate, rather than a white plate. Why? When the colors are similar, it's harder to perceive exactly how much food is left on the plate vs. how much has already been eaten.
So what is the best color plate to use if you want to lose weight? Experts say blue is the resounding choice, since blue foods are so few in number, followed by white.
The study findings were published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
--From the Editors at Netscape