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The Smaller The Flakes, The More You Eat

March 27, 2014

It's no secret that most people have a hard time determining what amounts to a sensible serving size. According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it can be especially difficult to count calories when a food like cereal is broken down into smaller pieces.

Researchers filled containers with wheat flakes that had been reduced in volume by 40%, 60% and 80% of normal size using a rolling pin. Although subjects tended to pour what they thought was a smaller amount into bowls for eating, they all consumed a greater amount by weight and calories compared to a breakfast of normal-sized flakes.

This is something you should keep in mind when you get to the bottom of the box. Check out today's Breaking News post at optimumnutrition.com for some interesting diet research on meal timing.