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Weight Loss: Nutrition Information Turns Out to Be a Little Flaky
Source: ABC News Radio

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(PHILADELPHIA) -- Face it. When you’re pouring a bowl of cereal, are you really aware of the portion you’re giving yourself?

Penn State nutritionist Barbara Rolls says that people have a difficult time judging the amount of food they’re consuming, particularly if the size of flakes varies widely from cereal to cereal.

Rolls and her team had 40 adults eat cereal once a week for a month, starting off with a standard wheat flake and then subsequently crushing the flake size to 80 percent, 60 percent or 40 percent of the original size.

What happened was that the smaller the flake became, the less participants thought they were pouring into their bowls. However, while the amount looked smaller, the cereal eaters were actually increasing the weight of their portions and therefore, the amount of calories they were actually consuming.

This finding has important implications, according to Rolls, in that guidelines for the recommended amounts of food focus almost strictly on volume such as cups instead of physical properties of food.

Unless these recommendations are adjusted, people will probably continue to overeat without being aware of it.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio


 

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