Written by Eva Mendoza
I never knew that forks came in different sizes, did you? Well according to researchers from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, people who at with a bigger fork ate less than those who used a smaller one beacause they take bigger bites.
“The fork provided the diners with a means to observe their goal progress,” researchers explained. ”The physiological feedback of feeling full, or the satiation signal, comes with a time lag. In its absence, diners focus on the visual cue of whether they are making any dent on the food on their plate to assess goal progress.”
For the study, the researchers selecte drandom tables to receive either bigger forks or smaller than the forks normally used at this particular restaurant. This was done during a two day period, during lunch and dinner.
The results revealed the people who were given larger forks ate less overall.
The conclusions of the study were the use of a smaller fork gives the appearance that less progress has been made in achieving the goal of finishing the plate of food, while the use of a larger fork gives the idea that more food has been eaten. The researchers also noted that those who eat with smaller forks ate more forkfuls of food.
I am thinking that a trip to Walmart is in order. Perhaps buying bigger forks is worth the try.