What The Food On Your Counter Says About Your Health
Take a look around your kitchen. What do you see? Chips? Fruit? Cupcakes?
Whatever it is, it might be able to say something about you that you never knew it could. Sure, if you've got cereal out on your counter, you're likely a cereal lover, but what you probably didn't know is that it might mean you weigh 20 pounds more than those who don't have it as readily available.
For a new Cornell study, researchers photographed over 200 American kitchens to find out if the food sitting out on counters could predict the weight of the woman living in each home.
And apparently, everyone is, quite literally, on the infamous See-Food Diet (in which you eat what you see, in case that wasn't clear).
They found that hose with soft drinks sitting out weighed 24 to 26 pounds more than those who didn't. Unsurprisingly, the healthier the food, the less the women weighed. Those who had a fruit bowl weighed about 13 pounds less than those without one.
"As a cereal lover, that shocked me," said lead author Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand lab in a statement. "Cereal has a health-halo, but if you eat a handful every time you walk by, it's not going to make you skinny."
While the study cautions that the findings are only correlational, they do make intuitive sense. If the cookie jar is out on the counter, you're going to keep putting your hand in there, because let's be real: self-control is not our species' strong suit. But if you replace the junk with something more healthful, you'll probably end up being healthier.