Cut it Up into Tiny, Tiny Pieces


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Ever wonder why people tend to go for bite-sized foods like popcorn chicken and pizza bites instead of full portioned options? Well according to an article in science daily, both human and animals are more satisfied by eating multiple pieces of food instead of piece with the same caloric value. Our brain tricks us into thinking that a larger number of pieces equals a  larger quantity of food. When tested on rats, preferred food that was broken up into 10 pellets and ran faster towards them in maze activities. In a way the same experiment was conducted on humans by giving out free lunches to several college students. One group was given a whole 82g bagel while the other group was given that same bagel just cut into 4 pieces. After eating the bagel, the students were told they could eat as much or as little as they wanted from a test meal. The students given the whole bagel ate more calories from their test meals, while the other students tended not to finish as much of it. This meant they were satisfied and full quicker than those who had the whole uncut bagel.
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This may prove to be a successful dieting tactic for those who tend not to be full from smaller meal portions. If you cut up more calorie dense foods before putting them on your plate, according to this study, you should get more full from eating the pieces than you would eating the whole thing as one piece. So to all those people trying not to gain weight from the notorious college food, maybe this is an option for you?

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It’s amazing how “smart” the human brain is. The brain can trick your body into being full when you cut your food into little pieces. I wonder why this happen? What messages does the brain send to the body and what is the scientific reasoning behind this?

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