Trade Fat For Spice

Trade Fat For Spice When adhering to a low-fat diet, it's not unusual to feel like mealtime choices lack flavor. Not enjoying what you eat can lead to a cheat meal that undoes a week's worth of clean eating, but research presented at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo offers a quick, simple work-around to bland dishes.

Scientists at the University of Colorado asked 150 subjects to rate the taste of food on a 1 to 10 scale. Compared to full-fat selections, reduced fat foods rated about one point lower on the scale. Adding common spices to the recipe changed all that. In fact, a 390 calorie reduced-fat meatloaf dressed up with onion, oregano, paprika and garlic ranked 6.75 compared to the 6.50 subjects rated a 610 calorie serving of full-fat meatloaf.

True Strength Moment: Exceptions to this rule include creamy pasta sauce which was rated more appetizing than a spicy reduced fat version. Of course, you probably wouldn't be including choices like that on a low-fat diet. To see how smell affects serving size, check out today's Performance Blog at
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