FoodFacts.com loves the idea that there are some old-fashioned pieces of advice that can actually prove to be true over time. Some of the things your grandmother told you really can help you live a better life. Old sayings like “Early to bed, early to rise make a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” certainly have their merit. And, as it turns out some of the advice given to us by others concerning how our habits can affect our weight hold more truth than previously thought! How many times have you heard that you shouldn’t go to the grocery store hungry?
A new study out of Cornell University suggests that people who go grocery shopping when they are hungry are purchasing higher calorie foods than those who shop on a full stomach. The study tracked consumer food choices in a simulated supermarket depending on how hungry they were feeling.
62 people were paid to participate in the first part of the study. Half of the group was told to go without eating anything for five hours before their shopping trip. The other half were given a plate of Wheat Thins prior to shopping. The follow-up study looked at purchasing habits at different times of the day for 82 people.
The results clearly showed that the participants who were hungry while shopping were more apt to buy high calorie products. The difference in the total number of products purchased was marginal.
The follow-up study showed that consumers shopping for groceries at times when they were most likely to be hungry purchased fewer low-calorie foods. These were people shopping between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Those who shopped between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. were more likely to buy lower-calorie products.
The study’s authors noted that even a short period of time without food before grocery shopping can influence food choices. So the advice is “Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.” It really will change your purchasing habits. FoodFacts.com thinks this is great advice. Consider a light snack before you venture out to the grocery store. Give more thought to the time of day you shop. Don’t fall into the trap that has now been illustrated by research. Even healthy shoppers can be influenced by their hunger. Some old advice really does make sense.