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It’s no surprise that we live in an extremely visual world. But did you really know that the way we perceive colour, can actually impacts how we eat ?
Whilst some food shades (think red and oranges) can trigger hunger, other tones (hello blue!) can actually work to suppress our appetite.
We first eat with our eyes, so it’s no wonder that colour and whether foods actually appeal to us are closely related. The smell and sight of food has the ability to fire neurons in our brain, which gives us all sorts of feedback.
To see just how colour impacts your food cravings, here are five shades to keep an eye on. Colours absolutely affect your appetite, so here is how to use it to your advantage:
Red Food Spikes Your Appetite, Red Plates Suppress It
Hoping to have just 1 skittle. Steer clear of the red ones. Red foods tend to be very invigorating, as they raise blood pressure and help stimulate the appetite. However, this doesn’t necessarily apply to plates and dishware, as those who eat off of red plates tend to eat less.
So if you want to eat less serve your food on a red plate but beware of the unhealthy red foods !
Yellow Boosts Mood And Appetite
If you want to make room for another serving of your favourite meal? Eye some yellow!
Much like the invigorating red tones, brighter yellow shades also help ignite your appetite, as these colours are often associated with feelings of excitement and happiness.
Yellow is also an appetite-stimulating color, as it is associated with energy and happiness.
Green Can Keep Cravings Under Control
The colour green tends to be associated with healthier foods, so it can be helpful to serve food items off of green plates if you are trying to make healthier choices.
Green is often associated with vegetables and herbs – many will make the assumption that the flavour profile of green foods will be more bitter and tart which might be one of the reasons why we aren’t always as excited to include these foods into our diet.
Blue Curbs Emotional Eating
Blue is a calming colour that helps soothe distressed feelings. Experts believe that blue has a similar impact with food as items placed on a blue plate usually leads to less intake.
Craving cake? Enjoy it on a blue plate and your more apt to find that first piece satisfying.
Blue has been shown continuously in studies to be the least appetizing colour and may actually decrease appetite.
Eating The Rainbow Has A Surprising Effect
But surprisingly, multi-coloured items on your plate means eating more, as these items tend to be consumed much more than those with just a singular color.
Research has found that people will eat more of a food if it contains a variety of colours as opposed to just one single colour even if that colour is a person’s favourite!
Whats your favourite colour ? Have you found any of this to run true in your life ?
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!