Survey: Foodies weigh less and may be are healthier

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A new nationwide survey in the US involving over 500 women has found that adventurous eaters, also referred to as “foodies” by many weigh less and may be are healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

The survey conducted by Cornell Food and Brand Lab show that whose who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods — including seitan, beef tongue, Kimchi, rabbit, and polenta — also rated themselves as healthier eaters, more physically active, and more concerned with the healthfulness of their food when compared with non-adventurous eaters.

“They also reported being much more likely to have friends over for dinner,” said lead author Lara Latimer, PhD, formerly at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and now at the University of Texas.

Researchers say that these findings are important to dieters because they show that promoting adventurous eating may provide a way for people – especially women – to lose or maintain weight without feeling restricted by a strict diet

“Instead of sticking with the same boring salad, start by adding something new. It could kick start a more novel, fun and healthy life of food adventure”, said coauthor Brian Wansink.

The article is published in the journal Obesity. It is authored by former Cornell researchers, Lara Latimer, PhD, (currently a Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin) and Lizzy Pope, PhD, RD (currently Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont), and Brian Wansink, (Professor and Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University.