A new study shines a light on something that people who love junk food should pay attention to. Anyone trying to stick to a diet should read on as well. Anyone wanting to shed some pounds, come closer. This study reveals why people eat out of habit, even when the food is stale, and offers health tips to fix mindless snacking.
Popcorn goes with movies, chips go with television. People eat in certain environments. The study showed why these eating habits occur even when the food doesn’t taste good. As for the health advice: there are surprisingly simple ways we can counter our bad eating habits.
The experiment: researchers gave people about to enter a movie theater a bucket of either just-popped, fresh popcorn or stale, week-old popcorn. Moviegoers, who didn’t usually eat popcorn at the movies, ate much less stale popcorn than fresh popcorn.
But moviegoers who said they regularly had popcorn at the movies ate about the same amount of popcorn whether it was fresh or stale. It made no difference whether the popcorn tasted good or not; it was a habitual act to buy it and eat it.
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