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Taking Longer To Consume A Meal Has No Apparent Effect On Later Snacking

January 26, 2011: 08:37 AM EST
Research conducted in The Netherlands has found that extending the time it takes to eat a meal doesn’t seem to affect after-meal snacking. In the study, 38 men and women consumed the same meal in a controlled test kitchen on two different days. For one meal, all of the courses – salad, macaroni with meat sauce, vegetable lasagna, raspberry pudding dessert – were consumed sequentially in 30 minutes. The other, however, was “staggered:” 20-25-minute breaks were taken between courses. After 2-1/2 hours, all were offered snacks. Participants who ate the drawn-out meals at first reported greater satiety. But when offered snacks later, the slow diners ate only 10 percent fewer snack calories than those who ate more quickly.
Sofie G. Lemmens, et al. , "Staggered Meal Consumption Facilitates Appetite Control without Affecting Postprandial Energy Intake", The Journal of Nutrition, January 26, 2011, © American Society for Nutrition
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