Eat with the Goggle box – Eat too much?

Cara Cunningham, Com

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Cara Cunningham, Com

You often hear top chefs saying the food should look as good as it taste as we ‘eat with our eyes’, but new research has shown that you eat more when your eye is on the telly!

You often hear top chefs saying the food should look as good as it taste as we ‘eat with our eyes’, but new research has shown that you eat more when your eye is on the telly!

It’s back to the simple science bit - if you eat more calories than you use you will put on weight. Therefore mindless eating can mean expanding waistlines!

It is often true that when we eat with our minds on the television we do tend to shovel the food in. We don’t taste what is going in, this could be the reason why we like to may choose bland high fat, stogy food that doesn’t require much chewing. These types of foods eaten very quickly could also be a major reason why many of us suffer from indigestions, due to the fact that large quantities of food are literally dumped into our stomach, no wonder it rebels!

Don’t forget that it is not just the television that can be a distraction during mealtimes, many of us eat our lunches whilst looking at a computer, tablets, handheld games or even mobile phone, it seems we are constantly surrounded by stuff that is designed to take our minds off the task in hand!

It all about awareness, if you eat your meal but are distracted this leads you to be less aware of what you are eating, there are less visual cues for our brains to realize the quantity we are eating and so lessens the trigger we should get that we are full and satisfied.

This research showed that when we are attentive during our eating we tend to eat fewer calories, rather than when we mindlessly eat. So it might be a good thing to turn off all the potential interruptions if it’s too quiet for you, have a family conversation or if that fails switch on a bit of music (anything that isn’t visual will do!) and learn to savor every mouthful!

For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact: The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE Dublin-Mid Leinster Tel: (044) 9353220 or email community.dietitians@hse.ie.