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What makes foodies happy and dieters sad

What makes foodies happy and dieters sad
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Contrary to popular perceptions, foodies - those who take time to appreciate the texture, flavour and beauty of food - do not eat larger portions than ...

Toronto: Contrary to popular perceptions, foodies - those who take time to appreciate the texture, flavour and beauty of food - do not eat larger portions than what the dieters generally eat, says new research.

What makes foodies - what the researchers call Epicurean eaters -- happier is that they derive enduring pleasure from aesthetic appreciation of the sensory and symbolic value of the food, the study said.

"Dieters make a trade-off between pleasure and health,” one of the researchers Yann Cornil, professor at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada was quoted as saying vancouversun.com

"They think that they need to sacrifice the pleasure they expect to get from eating large portions in order to be in better health and have a lower weight,” Cornil noted.

By contrast, foodies eat less because they know that large quantities of food is not essential for deriving pleasure from food.

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