New research shows that labeling foods and meals as “light” might actually backfire and lead people to eat more, and possibly gain weight. In a study published in the journal Appetite, researchers studied almost 40 adults and had them eat a lunch of penne pasta, tomatoes, pesto, oregano and basil. In one trial, the meal was described as “light” and not designed to fill the participants up. For the second trial, they were told the same meal was designed to be filling. The researchers found that when the subjects were told the meal was “light,” they ended up eating more, and they felt less full. It appears that your preconceptions of what you are about to eat plays a large role in how much you actually eat. If you think the meal will fill you up, you might eat less of it.
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