Are foodies hedonistic, gluttonous individuals? Maybe. But according to a recent study, the food obsessed might eat less than non-foodie-type people. Researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that adventurous eaters weigh less and and are healthier than folks with more conservative palates.
The study is a survey of 502 women who responded to questions about their diet, appearance, and general health. Among those who said they were more adventurous, dining on a wide range of "uncommon" delicacies such as quinoa, beef tongue, kale, oysters, kimchi, and pork belly, they also described themselves as more attractive and more concerned with the healthfulness of their food. A co-author of the study said the results show eating less-common foods could make losing weight easier.
"These findings are important to dieters because they show that promoting adventurous eating may provide a way for people — especially women — to lose or maintain weight without feeling restricted by a strict diet," Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Lab, said.
It's been a roller coaster month for gourmands. While adventurous eating may be healthier than the alternative, another recent study found that dining at high-end restaurants can be unhealthier than eating fast food.