Actively Preparing Or Watching Others Prepare Food Can Lead To Eating More

How often are you the one preparing food in your home?

University of Surrey researchers found that study participants who had actively prepared a food, or watched someone else prepare a food then consumed more and reported a greater desire to eat than those who did neither action and instead participated in a coloring task. Study leader Jane Ogden adds, “The impact of this depends on the kinds of food being prepared. If the food is lacking in nutritional value this could lead to weight gain and unhealthy overeating.

However, if people are preparing their own nutritious food or watching others do the same then this could actually be a good influence, particularly if they are cooking with children as it could encourage them to eat more of the healthier foods that they may not have usually wanted to eat.” (EurekAlert!)