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05 September 2011

Habit makes stale food too easy to swallow

A study reveals why people eat out of habit — even when they are eating stale food — and suggests a way to combat mindless eating.

Do you always get popcorn at the movies? Or snack while you're on the couch watching television? New research reveals why bad eating habits persist even when the food we're eating doesn't taste good. The study also reveals the surprisingly simple ways we can counter our habits to gain control over what we eat.

But moviegoers who indicated that they typically had popcorn at the movies ate about the same amount of popcorn, whether it was fresh or stale. In other words, for those in the habit of having popcorn at the movies, it made no difference whether the popcorn tasted good or not.

 
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