Might bigger portions of healthier snack food help?

Carolina O.C. Werle, Chris Dubelaar, Natalina Zlatevska, Stephen S. Holden

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Two experiments in France investigate how larger portions influence consumption of healthy foods. Our studies compare the portion-size effect across snack foods varying in healthiness (potato chips and apple chips) and in a healthy snack (carrots) in a field setting (a movie theatre). Study 1 showed that doubling the portions increased consumption of both healthy and unhealthy snacks. Study 2, conducted in a movie theatre, showed that high-school students ate more of a healthy snack (baby-carrots) when given a larger portion. It also investigated if the portion-size effect was moderated by the type of movie being watched. Portion-size effect was mitigated when participants watched a food-related (vs. food-unrelated) movie, suggesting that food-focus reduces the effect of the portion size cue. Increasing portion sizes of healthy snacks may be a promising way to promote healthier food consumption. Being exposed to a food-related movie, however, mitigates the effect of portion size on consumption.

LanguageEnglish
Pages181-184
Number of pages4
JournalFood Quality and Preference
Volume71
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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  • Healthy food
  • Portion size
  • Snack

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Werle, C. O. C., Dubelaar, C., Zlatevska, N., & Holden, S. S. (2019). Might bigger portions of healthier snack food help? Food Quality and Preference, 71, 181-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2018.06.014
Werle, Carolina O.C. ; Dubelaar, Chris ; Zlatevska, Natalina ; Holden, Stephen S. / Might bigger portions of healthier snack food help?. In: Food Quality and Preference. 2019 ; Vol. 71. pp. 181-184.
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Werle, COC, Dubelaar, C, Zlatevska, N & Holden, SS 2019, 'Might bigger portions of healthier snack food help?', Food Quality and Preference, vol. 71, pp. 181-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2018.06.014

Might bigger portions of healthier snack food help? / Werle, Carolina O.C.; Dubelaar, Chris; Zlatevska, Natalina; Holden, Stephen S.

In: Food Quality and Preference, Vol. 71, 01.01.2019, p. 181-184.

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