I saw a thing on one of those morning shows on tv a while back, where they talked about the contrast in color of the food vs. color of the plate, influencing how much people ate. ie, spaghetti with a lot of tomato sauce served on a red plate = people ate more. Versus on a white plate, they ate less. I don't know if an actual study was done.... I can say from my own experience-- when I replaced my dishes, I bought all white. Colorful foods (such as, lots of low-starch veggies) look fantastic on those plates, the colors really pop. We don't just eat with our stomachs and mouths; we eat with our eyes and our noses (sense of smell) too. A small plate filled with the same amount of food as a large plate, looks like more food.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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