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Are smaller snack portions just as satisfying?

06 Feb 13

Eating a smaller portion of chocolate and other snack foods will satisfy you just as much as a larger portion, according to a new study published in Food Quality and Preference.  The study included more than 100 adults who were given small and large portions of the same snack.  Two groups with different portion sizes were tested.  The larger portion size group was given 100 g of chocolate, 200 g of apple pie, and 80 g of potato chips, all slightly larger than the recommended portion sizes.  This equalled 1370 calories in snack foods.  The other group was given 10 g, 40 g, and 10 g of these same foods respectively, for a total of 195 calories.  The two groups were given as much time to eat as needed, and were asked to fill out surveys to rate the liking, familiarity, and boredom with the food.  They were also asked to rate their hunger and craving before the food was presented and fifteen minutes after the taste tests ended.  Both groups, however, reported significantly lower snack cravings 15 minutes after eating.  According to the researchers, the study supports the notion that eating for pleasure is driven more by the availability of foods instead of the food already eaten.  Overall, these findings reflect the importance of portion size.  While larger portions result in increased food intake, smaller portions may make you feel equally satisfied.  The smaller portions can lead to a decline in hunger and desire that would help people limit their food intake.

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