An investigation of the Cornell University reveals that the color of the plate influences the consumption of food, since the contrast of the food with the tonality of the dishes makes you eat less.
The researchers Brian Wansink and Koert van Ittersum they point out that the different tonality between the food and the dish, and even the tablecloth, creates an optical illusion called Delboeuf.
In the study, the cases of 70 people who attended a meeting at the University of New York were analyzed. They were given white and red plates, so that they would serve pasta with tomato (red) or Alfredo sauce (white).
Those who drank white pasta in a plate of the same color consumed 22% more product than those who had a different tone of the food.
Even the researchers mention that the same illusion is generated with the color of the tablecloth, so the contrast with the plate and food makes people serve 10% less, as explained below:
On the other hand, Wansink and van Ittersum confirm that when eating on a large plate, the portions look smaller, which increases the food intake.
So if you want to maintain a healthy weight, the researchers recommend you choose small dishes, a color that contrasts with most of your recipes.
You can also take advantage of this discovery in your favor, since to increase the consumption of vegetables you can serve them in a green dish. And you, do you eat dishes of the same color as your food?