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High Salt Intake: Overeating Fatty Food

good nutrition adviceHigh salt intake could lead to overeating fatty food.

Two studies published in the Journal of Nutrition and Chemical Senses confirm the relationship between high salt and high fat intake. The first study took 49 participants aged 18 – 54 and gave them tomato soup with four different fat concentrations and five different salt concentrations.

The researchers found that those who preferred and detected the lower-fat soups also favoured the option with no added salt, leading them to conclude that salt masks fat.

The second study consisted of 48 adults (18-54) who attended four lunches over a six-day period. The lunch was the same each time with different concentrations of salt and fat. The scientists found that the participants consumed up to 11% less energy when their lunches were low salt, high fat. However, they ate much more when the lunch was high fat, high salt.

Your body should have an inbuilt mechanism to tell you when it’s full but this mechanism is blocked when salt is added to food. If you struggle with overeating watch your salt intake. Eating out and convenience foods will be the most problematic as these foods tend to contain much more salt than you would naturally add at home.

The solution? Make as much of your food as possible so you know what goes in it.

References: Effects of Salt and Fat Combinations on Taste Preference and Perception

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Boredom Link to Food Cravings

nutrition adviceBoredom can make you more likely to crave fatty and sugary foods.

Research presented at this year’s Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society explored the connection between boredom and food consumption. The research was based on two studies involving up to 52 people; the first observed a group’s food intake before and after carrying out a monotonous task and the second study involved observing both food choices (healthy or unhealthy) and amount during both a funny and a boring film.

The results showed that you are more likely to eat unhealthy food when you are carrying out repetitive tasks and you’re more likely to opt for unhealthy food when you’re watching a boring film.

Make sure that you keep plenty of healthy food with you at all times so that if you are doing something repetitive or boring, you always have something healthy to hand.

References: Bored people reach for the crisps

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