I often find that the research doesn’t support the media headlines. Here’s a recent headline, “EATING DESSERT FIRST MAY HELP DIET.” In fact, the article goes on to read, “new research has found some people who eat dessert first are better able to control, and maintain, a healthy diet.” True?
The full article discusses 4 different experiments in which the researchers gave healthy and/or unhealthy snacks (such as candy or Teddy grahams or snack bars) to participants while they expand »completed some unrelated tasks. None were given “desserts” before or after a meal. They asked questions about if they like it, how full they were, how healthy they thought it was, and then finally questions about their self-control. I feel confident in the research’s conclusion that those with high self-control became satiated with unhealthy foods faster than with healthy foods.
The headline seemed so far off with the conclusion that I actually reached out to the author to see if I was reading the wrong study and he responded that NO, I hadn’t missed anything and that the findings in our research do not justify this headline.
This research looked at when a person stopped eating the snack. Being “satiated” might only mean that they had enough of that food. We all love variety! Satiation with ONE food (dessert) doesn’t necessarily translate to fullness – or mean you will stop eating completely. One of the reasons why people tend to eat more at a buffet is that there are so many foods offered – so you tend to eat one food…get “satiated”…then move onto the next food. Regardless, I did have a brownie with my breakfast…as usual (and those who know me well know I tell the truth…a daily brownie).