Life Colorful Plates

Published on January 20th, 2012 | by James Johnson


Food And Plate Color To Eat Smaller Portion Sizes [Study]

Colorful Plates

It makes sense that when we are served with large plates we eat larger portions but a new study has found that the color of those plates might play an even larger role in the amount of food we consume.

Researchers at Cornell University enlisted 60 unsuspecting adult to figure out if plate color could play a part in the amount of food they eat.

In the study half of those being investigated were placed at a buffet with only white Alfredo sauce-coated pasta, while the other group was served just red marinara-sauce. Heading through the line each participate was randomly given red or white plates.

Researchers found that plates matching the color of their food (white plates with alfredo or red plates with red marinara sauce) helped themselves to more food, while food with opposite colored played yielded smaller serving amounts.

You can find the full study here:  “Plate Size and Color Suggestibility: The Delboeuf Illusion’s Bias on Serving and Eating Behavior

The study was fairly limited by the number of participants but the results were steadily shown to be accurate based on the limited size.

It looks like size really doesn’t matter all that much. At least this time.



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James is a new media professional with more than half a decade worth of experience in the online writing space. He currently serves as the Associate Editor of and the Editor-in-Chief of He also serves as a resident writer for Splash Press Media. In his spare time James consults businesses regarding SEO and Content Development.

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