Want to eat more fruit and vegetables? Of course you do! Upping your produce intake is one of the surest paths to better health, but many people simply find it too difficult to do on a regular basis. If you are among them, here’s a tip: invest in a transparent bowl, and keep it within arm’s reach. In an article published in Environment and Behavior, researchers tested college students by placing apple slices and carrot sticks in either clear or opaque bowls, which were positioned either at a table near the students or a table two meters away. The participants were told they were welcome to eat the produce, then left alone for ten minutes.
Result: the apples and carrots in the nearby bowls were more likely to be eaten. Interestingly, in the “race” between the clear and opaque bowls, the clear bowl led to increased consumption of the fruit, but not of the vegetable. Bottom line: for fruits and vegetables, close and clear bowls are a better option than far and opaque ones when it comes to inspiring you, or your family, to eat better. Conclusion doesn’t hold based on statement that there was no increased vegetable consumption.