A nice basket, good lighting sells apples

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- Moving apples out of a stainless steel tray into an attractive basket with good lighting results in kids eating more apples, U.S. researchers found.

People think 'organic' = fewer calories

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher advises those counting calories to look beyond the organic label.

'Kitchen counter diet' cuts calories

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 27 (UPI) -- A New York researcher says the "kitchen counter diet" can result in people eating 20 percent less -- by keeping serving bowls in the kitchen.

Study: Last Supper portions grew

LOS ANGELES, March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers said their analysis of 52 artistic renditions of the New Testament's Last Supper found the portions depicted have grown over the years.

Kitchen spoon size determines drug amount

ITHACA, N.Y., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Parents who use kitchen spoons to measure liquid medicine for a child may over or under medicate, New York researchers found.

Forcing kids to 'clean plate' may backfire

ITHACA, N.Y., March 9 (UPI) -- Parents may have good intentions by forcing their kids to clean their plate and eat their vegetables but the approach may backfire, U.S. researchers said.

'Joy of Cooking' getting fatter

ITHACA, N.Y., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The average calorie count per recipe in "The Joy of Cooking" has jumped an average of 63 percent over the past 70 years, U.S. researchers determined.

French paradox: Why U.S.is fatter

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The French may not get as fat as Americans despite cheese, pate and pastries, because they use internal cues to stop eating, a U.S. and French study found.

USDA names nutrition center policy chief

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A nationally recognized nutrition researcher is the new director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Keep Halloween wrappers out to eat less

ITHACA, N.Y., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- For those wanting to limit Halloween candy intake, a U.S. researcher suggested keeping empty candy wrappers in plain sight.

Side dishes can pack on pounds

ITHACA, N.Y., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. adults who dine at so-called healthy restaurant food chains may eat more calories than at restaurants that make no health claims, a study found.

'Healthy' food may result in more calories

ITHACA, N.Y., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. consumers choose relatively high-calorie beverages, side dishes and desserts to go with restaurant main dishes positioned as “healthy,” a study found.

Wine lovers suckered by fake labels

URBANA, Ill., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Cornell University researchers have learned people enjoy their wine and meals more if the wine has a special label, even if it's really only $2 plonk.

Study: Label affects opinion of wines

ITHACA, N.Y., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Just changing the label on a wine bottle can alter diners’ opinions of the wine, their meal and even the restaurant where they're dining, a U.S. study found.

Study: Water helps weight loss

BOSTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Studies presented at a meeting of the Obesity Society in Boston have suggested that water helps weight loss and low-fat foods may hinder it.
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Brian Wansink (born 1960, Sioux City, Iowa) is an American professor in the fields of consumer behavior and nutritional science. He is a former Executive Director of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) (2007–2009).

Wansink is best known for his work on consumer behavior and food and for popularizing terms such as "mindless eating" and "health halos." His research has focused on how our immediate environment (supermarkets, packaging, homes, pantries, and tablescapes) influences eating habits and preferences. Wansink holds the John S. Dyson Endowed Chair in the Applied Economics and Management Department at Cornell University. He is the author of over 100 academic articles and books, including the best-selling book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think and Marketing Nutrition (2005) . He is a 2007 recipient of the humorous Ig Nobel Prize and was named ABC World News Person of the Week on January 4, 2008.

Having been referred to as the "Sherlock Holmes of Food" and the "Wizard of Why", Wansink and his Food and Brand Lab have been credited with improving the deeper scientific understanding of food eating and food shopping. A fundamental finding is that our environment—such as the way a food is labeled, presented, stored, or served—biases our eating habits and taste preferences. A large part of eating less and eating better, he argues, involves making small changes to our homes and to the daily "mindless" patterns of our lives. In underscoring this, the first and last sentence of his book, Mindless Eating states, "The best diet is the one you don't know you're on."

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