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'Portion distortion' tricks children into eating more vegetables

The famous Portion Size Effect suggests the more food we pile on our plates, the more we end up eating.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki explores the Portion Size Effect in his new book Game of Knowns and says "portion distortion" can also be used in a positive way to "trick" kids into eating more vegetables. "You can take advantage of the effect because it also applies to foods that some people don't find palatable such as vegies," Dr Kruszelnicki says. "Serving kids large portions of vegies might trick them into more of what's good for them, which is a good thing, because you are teaching them good taste".

Director of Nutritionist Professionals Australia Julie Dundon said the Portion Size Effect is not a new idea but "absolutely makes sense".

"A plate of food should be made up of - a quarter of protein, a quarter of carbohydrates and half of vegetables. The more vegies the better," Ms Dundon said. "The psychology of it does work and people can't believe they can eat that much food and still lose weight."

Source: heraldsun.com.au

Publication date: 12/2/2013


 


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