Just a bite: Considerably smaller snack portions satisfy delayed hunger and craving

E. van Kleef, M. Shimizu, B. Wansink

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Abstract

Could smaller snack portions be similarly effective in decreasing cravings or feelings of hunger as larger portions? To answer this, three common snack foods – chocolate, apple pie, potato chips – were given to 104 participants as either a small portion (x) or a substantially larger portion (5–10x). Results indicate that smaller portions satisfied one’s ratings of hunger and craving similar to larger portions, but led to a mean intake that was significantly lower than in the large portion condition (with a difference of 103 calories). This suggests that 15 min after eating a considerably smaller snack, people will have eaten much less but will feel equally satisfied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-100
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • food cravings
  • energy-intake
  • size
  • appetite

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