Sunday, July 5, 2015

Want to lose weight? Tuck into brains, tongue and kimchi: Researchers find adventurous eaters weigh less and are healthier

If you want to lose weight, it pays to tuck into brains, tongue and kimchi, researchers have found.
They say adventurous eaters weigh less and are healthier - showing it pays to be a foodie.
They even found that foodies were more sociable, throwing far more dinner parties.  

Traditionally, foods fans are seen as gluttons.
However, a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study shows just the opposite –adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.
The nationwide U.S. survey of 502 women showed that those who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods — including seitan, beef tongue, Kimchi, rabbit, and polenta— also rated themselves as healthier eaters, more physically active, and more concerned with the healthfulness of their food when compared with non-adventurous eaters. 
'They also reported being much more likely to have friends over for dinner,' said lead author Lara Latimer..

Friends over for dinner
'Food neophiles have a lower BMI than people who don't like a lot of food, they even have people over for a dinner a lot more,' said coauthor Brian Wansink. 
'There's a real advantage to liking and trying a lot more food - it might even mean you have a lot more fun in life.' 
It is hoped the study could lead to new diets. 
'These findings are important to dieters because they show that promoting adventurous eating may provide a way for people –especially women – to lose or maintain weight without feeling restricted by a strict diet,' said Wansink.
'Instead of sticking with the same boring salad, start by adding something new. 
'It could kick start a more novel, fun and healthy life of food adventure.'
The article is published in the journal Obesity.

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