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The surprising reason foodies don’t get fat
Are you an adventurous eater? Great news! According to a study from Cornell University, those who are willing to branch out and try new foods are far more likely to have lower BMIs than those who prefer to stick to the same foods.
Researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab surveyed 500 American women of different ethnicities, backgrounds and lifestyles, and asked them to detail their eating habits.
The study concluded that, on average, the female foodies who ate more adventurously and tried new foods such as quail eggs, kimchi and seaweed were more willing to spend on fresh produce. They enjoyed cooking with these ingredients at home, and therefore had significantly lower BMIs than women who didn’t experiment with dishes. The study also confirmed cooking at home is a healthy habit to adopt, as it is a proven way to cut calories and maintain a lower BMI.
Brian Wansink, PhD and coauthor of the study, said , “These findings are important to dieters because they show that promoting adventurous eating may provide a way for people - especially women - to lose or maintain their weight without feeling restricted by a strict diet.”
More food without the weight gain? Pass us the kimchi.
Are you an adventurous eater? What’s your favourite meal to cook at home?