Diners order less when they know how much exercise would be needed to burn off their meal

Struggling to say no to dessert We make healthier food choices if we see how much EXERCISE it takes to burn off a meal Diners choose less calories when shown exercise needed to burn it off But knowing calories in food does not affect calories we eat at restaurants By Nick Mcdermott, Science Reporter PUBLISHED: 19:04 GMT, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 02:30 GMT, 24 April 2013 For those of us that struggle to say no to dessert, a reminder of the consequences might help us when we need to resist temptation. Researchers found that when diners were shown the amount of exercise needed to burn off an item of food on a menu, they chose a less calorific option. However if they were simply provided with nutritional data, they failed to opt for healthier selections.

Perfect parties… on a plate: How cutlery and crockery are just as important as food in making the perfect meal

Perfect parties… on a plate: How cutlery and crockery are just as important as food in making the perfect meal New study shows food tastes different depending on what plate its onProfessor Charles Spence advised those planning a dinner party to spend as much time on the table setting as the food By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 1 January 2013 If your dinner parties always go a little awry, don’t blame the cooking – it might be the plates.