Smaller Snacks Still Satisfy Your Hunger

February 25, 2013

If you're craving some potato chips, you might go with the smallest single serving option, but it's pretty much a given that you're going to finish off the whole bag. A study published in the journal Food Quality and Preference suggests that a much smaller serving can get the job done.

Researchers had 104 subjects treat themselves to smaller or larger servings of chocolate chips, apple pie and potato chips. After 15 minutes, they were asked to rate the level of satisfaction gained from their snack. Those with the smaller size snack reported about the same level of satisfaction as subjects who consumed 77% more food, which amounted to 103 additional calories.

Obviously, snacking choices can really add to your total caloric consumption through the week. If a smaller snack does the same job as a larger one for beating down a craving, keep it to the minimum. And for a female-focused high-protein diet option, check out today's Breaking News post at