Just a couple of BITES of chocolate are as tasty as a whole bar, claim scientists

Two groups were given different-sized portions of chocolate, apple pie and crispsThey were asked to rate their hunger and cravings before and after eating
Group given the larger portion ate 77 per cent more but didn't report feeling any more satisfied

By
Anna Hodgekiss

PUBLISHED:

14:24 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

14:51 GMT, 30 January 2013

We've all had those moments when we reach for one chocolate and end up polishing off an entire box.

But a study now suggests just a couple of bites can be as satisfying as eating a whole bar – and is obviously a lot better for the waistline, too.

The same is true for other snacks, such as crisps and desserts, say the scientists, from Cornell University in the U.S.

Can you stop at one chocolate You'll feel just as satisfied, according to researchers

Can you stop at one chocolate You'll feel just as satisfied as eating several, according to researchers

The team gave two groups of people different-sized snack portions, to see if those given less would feel hungrier or satisfied fifteen minutes after eating.

Half were given 100g of chocolate, 200g of apple pie, and 80g of potato chips, all
slightly larger than the recommended portion sizes. This equalled 1,370
calories in snack foods.

The rest were given 10g, 40g, and 10g of these same foods respectively, which was a total of 195 calories.

All the participants were given as much
time to eat as needed, and were asked to fill out surveys to rate the
liking, familiarity, and boredom with the food.

They
were also asked to rate their hunger and craving before the food was
presented and fifteen minutes after the taste tests ended.

Researcher Ellen van Kleef found that satisfaction levels did not differ, regardless of the amount of food eaten

Researcher Ellen van Kleef found that satisfaction levels did not differ, regardless of the amount of food eaten

Astonishingly, the researchers found satisfaction levels did not differ.

Their report said: 'The results remarkably showed that smaller portion sizes are capable of providing similar feelings of satisfaction as larger ones.'

Although those who received larger portions consumed 77 per cent more food, they did not feel fuller or more satisfied that the group with the smaller portions.

The researchers added: 'Overall, these findings reflect the importance of portion size.

'The smaller portions can lead to a decline in hunger and desire that would help people limit their food intake.

'So, next time you are craving a snack food, remember that you can feel similarly satisfied with one handful as you would with two!'