Saturday, July 26, 2008

Water For Food

How much water does the food you eat contain?

Have you really ever given it much thought? I haven't.

I read this article from a link on Eating For One - Cooking For Two and I found it very interesting.

So a little more research yielded this article.

"As it turns out, the energy density of food has a very robust effect on
food intake...Water in food is chemically different than water taken
as a beverage," says Rolls. "It leaves the stomach more slowly."
And added water may also help people feel fuller because they are
conditioned to judge the "appropriateness" of portion sizes.

The discovery that low energy-density foods are effective in reducing
caloric intake is the premise of Rolls’ new book, Volumetrics: Feel
Full on Fewer Calories — not a diet book, she says, but an eating
plan: "This is a way to eat for life." The book uses diagrams of
portion sizes to teach people how to lose weight by eating more.
In order to take in the 100 calories in just ten jelly beans, for
instance, Volumetrics shows that you have to eat nearly three cups
of strawberries.

I would eat three cups of strawberries over 10 jellybeans (or any jellybeans) any day. I think I will be buying this book.

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