How high-calorie desserts can lead to healthier meals

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New York,
Feb11. Do red velvet cheesecake, french fries or fish fries
entice you but you refrain from eating those owing to the high-calories they
contain? Take heart. Choosing these high-calorie options first might help you
opt for a healthier meal later, says a new research.

The study
showed choosing indulgent dessert first may lead to eating lower-calorie meals.

“We
believe diners who chose the indulgent dessert first then picked healthier main
and side dishes to make up for their high-calorie dessert.

“Diners
who picked the healthier dessert may have thought they already had done a good
deed for their bodies so they deserved higher-calorie food further down the
cafeteria line,” said Martin Reimann, Assistant Professor at the
University of Arizona in the US.

The
experiment was conducted in the cafeteria of the EGADE Business School at the
Tecnológico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

For the
study, researchers included 134 diners aged between 18 and 60 with an average
age of 32.

They placed
either a healthy or less healthy dessert (fresh fruit versus lemon cheesecake).

There were
also healthy and less healthy main and side dishes including grilled chicken
fajitas and a small salad or fried fish and french fries.

The
findings, published by the American Psychological Association, showed that
diners who chose the cheesecake first, were twice as likely to order the
lighter main dish later and ultimately consumed fewer calories than diners who
chose the fresh fruit first.

“People
should be aware that their initial food choices and their mindset may affect
the overall healthiness of their meals,” suggested Reimann.

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