15 Jul '11, 12am

Diners who use big forks eat less: Study

Diners who use big forks eat less: Study

Researchers have found a new way to control the amount we eat: use a bigger fork. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE WASHINGTON - RESEARCHERS have found a new way to control the amount we eat: use a bigger fork. While numerous studies have focused on portion sizes and their influence on how much we eat, researchers Arul and Himanshu Mishra and Tamara Masters looked at how bite sizes affect quantities ingested. To do this, they conducted field research in a popular Italian restaurant in the south-western United States. Two sets of forks were used to tinker with bite size: a larger fork that held 20 percent more food than the fork usually used in the restaurant, and a smaller fork that held 20 percent less than the usual utensil. Over two lunches and two dinners in the restaurant, tables were either 'large fork' or 'small fork' tables. Servers, including one of the study's authors, to...

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