Just a Bite: Considerably Smaller Snack Portions Satisfy Delayed Hunger and Craving
Food Quality and Preference 27.1 (January 2013): 96-100
5 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2014
Date Written: June 30, 2012
Could smaller snack portions be similarly effective in decreasing cravings or feelings of hunger as larger portions? To answer this, three common snack foods – chocolate, apple pie, potato chips – were given to 104 participants as either a small portion (x) or a substantially larger portion (5-10x). Results indicate that smaller portions satisfied one’s ratings of hunger and craving similar to larger portions, but led to a mean intake that was significantly lower than in the large portion condition (with a difference of 103 calories). This suggests that 15 min after eating a considerably smaller snack, people will have eaten much less but will feel equally satisfied.
Keywords: Portion size, Food craving, Food intake, Hunger, Appetite, Dieting
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