An indulgent dessert can keep other food choices in check

Woman having a relax time eating a slice of cake and having coffee in cafe

Researchers recently found that indulgent desserts may not be all that bad for the diet if they're the first meal item chosen.

Psychologists in America found that if desserts or treats were placed at the start of the food line in a canteen then, customers would pick healthier food choices with fewer calories when selecting their main course.

31 PHOTOS
Dessert ideas
See Gallery
Dessert ideas
Sponge cake with strawberries, blueberries and cream
Healthy chia pudding with yogurt, figs and nuts in glass. Ideas and recipes for healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. Honey drips into glass with chia seeds pudding. Copy space for text.
Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake with Cherry Topping
Delicious pumpkin and orange cheesecake decorated with caramel sauce and pecan
Kiel, Schleswig Holstein, Germany - October 9, 2018 : Christmas in Europe. Chocolate dominos, cinnamon and anise on wooden board with slate plate and candlelight.
Thanksgiving pumpkin and apple various pies on white, top view, copy space. Fall traditional homemade apple and pumpkin pie for autumn holiday.
Baking blueberry lattice top pie. Sequence, step by step. Woman holding skillets with blueberry lattice top pie
desserts with fruits, mousse, biscuits
Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates, covered in a toffee sauce and often served with a vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream
Charcoal honey toast with vanilla icecream and strawberry on top
Woman eating Almond cake on a white plate
Sharing Gelato
Tasty profiteroles with cream and chocolate glaze on a plate
Berry crumble with rolled oats with cream on top on rustic wooden table viewed from above
Chocolate ice cream on wooden background, copy space. Homemade vegan keto chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips - healthy summer dessert.
Freshly Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies on Baking Sheet
Traditional mini plum galettes with almond slices
Cherry cake and cappuccino on the table in a cafe
Sweet Homemade Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers
Chocolate brownie squares with walnuts on cutting board, top view, horizontal composition. Flat lay food
cranberry cake with jam, sugar, mint close-up on the table. horizontal view from above, rustic style
Directly Above Shot Of Colorful Macaroons Arranged On White Background
Homemade Sauteed Bananas Foster with Cinnamon and Ice Cream
Cannoli Italian sweet dessert. Selective focus.
Cookies on the production line
Candied orange slices in chocolate. Slate background.
Piece of Banana cake with walnut and caramel fudge. Blue plate background. Close up. Selective focus.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Walnut and Caramel icing. Traditional Dessert.
Blackberry fool with cream in dessert glass, close-up
Freshly baked blueberry muffins with almond, oats and icing sugar topping on a rustic white wooden table with berries, brown sugar. Top view
Eight mini pies with whipped cream garnished with different fruits
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

When the desserts were placed at the end of the line, psychologists observed the opposite effects with people typically choosing less healthy choices. They also performed the tests online with a food ordering site and observed a similar effect to those found in the canteen.

Psychologists also noted that people tended to select high-calorie choices when they were carrying a high cognitive load.

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS