Cornell University researchers found that people are three times more likely to eat the first food item they see in our kitchen cupboards or refrigerators than the fifth one.
The research shows that "we end up being masters of our own demise, to some extent," study researcher Professor Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a nutritional sciences professor at Cornell and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, told HuffPost.
"It's not just where we place our food in the cupboards or in the refrigerator," Wansink said. "It's whether we have a cookie bowl sitting out instead of a fruit dish. It's all these factors, that we think we're too smart to be fooled by -- those end up being our demise."
Wansink and his colleagues took photographs of 100 kitchen cupboards and also asked the owners of said kitchen cupboards to record what they ate. Researchers tried moving around the foods in the cupboards to see if that affected what the study participants ate -- and found that it did have an effect.
From the September 30, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.