Familiarity Breeds Less Consumption
Seventy kids participated in the study, using a computer program to rank how full they thought they would get from each of six snack items and how frequently they ate it. Through this method, the researchers also found that if the snack food was unfamiliar to the group of 11- and 12-year-olds, they were likely to rely on visual cues -- like volume -- to decide how full they would feel, which led to larger portions.
"Presenting children with a wide variety of different snack food products may make it difficult to predict their fullness. Our study suggests that if parents choose to give snack foods to their children, they may wish to stick to the same products,” Dr. Charlotte Hardman, one of the study's authors, explained.
From the October 7, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.