Is Your Dinner Plate Making You Fat?
Some researchers say the color of your plate could be one of the reasons you eat too much.
According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, when the food and the plate are the same color, people serve themselves more food.
Dietitians Roberta Anding and Yvonne Donaldson tested the theory. Donaldson served two scoops of spaghetti with red marinara sauce, putting it on a white plate. She did the same with a red plate.
On the red plate, the food gets “lost”, she said. “There is no contrast there. The food blends in.”
The white plate made the same serving of red pasta look bigger, so you are more likely to stop heaping food on your plate, and will therefore eat less.
The more contrast, the less you’re likely to eat because of the optical illusion.
Interestingly, if you have a blue plate, studies show you’ll eat less, too.
“If you really want to watch your weight, maybe what you should do is look for the bluest plate you have in your cupboard and use that because that’s the least appealing blend with food,” the dietician said.