Paper plates have become your new-found favourite food as your appetite for fresh, wholesome food increases, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Researchers from the University of Southampton and the University College London analysed how people’s favourite food changes when they try to eat more than the average.
They found that when people are in a situation that encourages them to eat out, they tend to prefer a plate over a cup, and when they are in situations that encourages eating out, people tend to favour plates over cups.
“This study is the first to show that when you are eating at a restaurant, people are not just eating out because they want to, but because they are hungry,” Professor Peter Hotez, a researcher at the University’s Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFSIT), told Business Insider.
“We have known for a long time that people prefer eating out to be full and clean, but this is the only study to show this preference is universal.”‘
I feel like I’ve been hit by a tsunami’Paper plates are not the only thing people are eating out at, according a study that looked at how people eat in different settings in the UK.
Professor Hotezz said that this could be a consequence of “food deserts” which have been described as the lack of affordable, high-quality foods in areas where people are more likely to rely on public transport or car travel.
“There are a lot of reasons for this.
There are people living in areas with very high rates of obesity and diabetes, and people have limited access to good food,” he said.”
In some places it is also the case that people who are living in a particular area have higher levels of physical activity and healthier diets, and therefore they eat more, which is good for them.””
However, in areas that are not as populated, such as the North East, it is probably more likely that they will have access to some good food, and they will eat more because they have been put into an environment where they can consume more food.”‘
Not eating is the worst possible choice’Food deserts have been linked to poorer mental health, and could be one of the reasons why people are becoming more health conscious.
“If you don’t have access and can’t afford good food to eat, it’s probably the worst thing you can do, which means it’s likely you’re not eating,” Professor Hoteck said.
“So we want to change that, and the best way to do that is to change how we consume.”
“It’s like having a glass of wine, you don,t need it, you can just have it, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.”
The study found that people tended to eat their favourite food when they were in a location that encouraged them to be healthy and eat a healthy diet, and where they had access to a decent sized meal.
“People tend to eat when they feel comfortable, and this could mean that you are not eating when you need to, because you’re in a place where it’s a healthy environment and there’s lots of other people around,” Professor Tom McInnes, the lead author of the study, told Business Independent.
“It is not surprising, therefore, that people tend not to eat on a plate, rather they’ll eat in a different place, like at home, when they’re not busy.”
He said that when these people are having a good meal, they may be able to eat at a table if it is convenient for them, and in that case, they will be able “eat the whole plate, not just the half of the plate.”
“If people are feeling like they are having to do a lot in the kitchen and are feeling tired and hungry, then they will not be able or willing to take a small plate, and instead they will just eat a lot.”
“In a way, that is a big part of the reason why the study found this preference for plates, because people feel comfortable eating on a plates.
So it’s not just that people feel more comfortable eating a plate.
It is the ability to eat a plate that they value.”
The findings suggest that when it comes to eating, the most important thing is having the right environment.
Professor McInnis said that the researchers were concerned about people not being able to take time off work or studying, so the best thing to do was to have a good environment for them to relax.
“I think we all know that there is no ‘right’ way to eat.
People are always looking for the perfect meal, but we need to keep trying new things to see if we can change people’s behaviour.”