Dining in Silence Could Reduce Overeating

If you want to drop some extra pounds you may want to consider eating alone. A new study from Brigham Young and Colorado State Universities found that people who can hear the sounds of their own eating tend to eat less. A series of experiments revealed, for example, that subjects listening to loud noises on headphones ate more pretzels than those listening to quiet noises. Researchers think this happens because the sounds of chewing and swallowing may be a “consumption monitoring cue” for our bodies. Medical Daily notes, “The key takeaway is to be hyper-aware of all your food’s sensory properties. Your senses are the best tools for mindful eating.” (Newser)