Should We Really Shrink Our Plates?

December 15, 2014 5:38 PM

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Can eating from a salad plate -- rather than an entrée one -- trick you into eating less? An optical illusion may cause us to misjudge the quantity of food on a plate depending on its size, and our appetite might follow our eyes rather than our stomach. If you ever flip through health and lifestyle magazines you must have already encountered the choose-a-smaller-plate advice dished out almost as fact.

At the self-serve frozen yogurt shops, that are now as numerous as gas stations, and are tempting me with their theoretically low-calorie treats, the smallest bowl is not at all small, and I do feel like its size pushes my buttons to fill in some more -- a dollop of frozen yogurt looks lonely and un...

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