According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers from Cornell University, people who are not afraid to try new food and experiment with different flavors are healthier and slimmer the those who are pickier when it comes to the food they eat.
Dr. Lara Latimer, one of the researchers who conducted the study, examined more than 500 women form the United States in order to learn more about their eating habits. The study revealed that the women who tried a wider variety of foods, such as seitan (wheat meat), rabbit meat, polenta, kimchi (Korean dish) and beef tongue were more likely to be in better shape and health, compared to women who were not fans of experimenting different food types.
The study also suggests that the foodies had a lower BMI rating and were appreciating the art of cooking more. The researchers call the adventurous eaters “food neophiles”. Dr. Latimer, a researcher at the University of Texas, said that women who were not afraid of trying new food were more likely to invite friends over for dinner, meaning that they had a more active social life.
Dr. Brian Wansink, researcher at Cornell University and co-author of the study, explains that their findings can help dieters, especially women, with new information about the benefits of experiencing with and trying out different food.
Dr. Wansink added that their new study shows how being a foodie, or adventurous eater can help people lose weight in a healthy manner, or maintain a normal weight without feeling like they are on a very restrictive diet.
The researchers advise people that instead of eating the same food every day, they can try adding new food to their meals. Trying different food can also inspire people to start eating healthier and have fun while doing it.
Wansink said that people who are being adventurous eaters can benefit from a variety of tastes from different types of food. Foodies seem to have more fun in their life, which can also help them stay healthier.
Holly Hicks, an expert in nutrition, said that eating a wider variety of food also helps the eater get more nutrients, which are essential for staying healthy. Hicks recommends people to fill the plate with diverse foods until it looks like a “rainbow of colors”. She said people should not be afraid of trying out exotic foods like quinoa, Belgian endive, blood oranges or cardamom.
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