Mini Snack Packs Max Munching

You thought that by buying small-portion bags of snacks, you'd be consuming less of the bad as a treat for being so good about dieting. But a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that the purchase alone can satisfy your desire to self-regulate.

In the first part of the study, college students reported that they believed smaller packages of food helped them regulate consumption. During the next part, students were quizzed about weight concerns and given a choice of small or large bags of chips to snack from. Those who selected the smaller bags consumed nearly twice as many calories.

The Bigger Picture: Scientists theorized that small serving sizes trick snackers into trusting package size over their own judgment. Unfortunately, many small-serving containers of snacks are labeled as containing multiple servings. Check the Nutritional Facts panel to be absolutely sure of what you're getting. Then buy the economy-size container and save yourself some money in the bargain. The best way to regulate all types of food is to set limits and stick to them.
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