Emma Nutrition

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Cookery shows make us fat!


They might sometimes cook healthy food but research suggests the wave of cookery shows makes us indulge in fatty, sugary foods.

Research at Hobart and William Smith Colleges shows that we will eat 44% more food and we are more likely to snack on junk food while watching a cookery show.

This is a real reminder not to eat in front of the TV.

I also think slouching on the couch while eating doesn’t help our digestion – its an unnatural position for peristalsis (movement of food) to occur. Sitting upright with a straight back is much better. In some cultures they squat down sitting on one foot which is probably even better.

We should sit at the table – just like we make our kids do.

Author: EmmaNutrition

Emma Wight-Boycott MSc mBANT is a natural health expert with a passion for simplifying the science. Emma works with post natal mums, weekend runners and those with digestive issues to find the source of their health issues and rediscover their health mojo.

2 thoughts on “Cookery shows make us fat!

  1. ha ha just the other day whilst watching the new series of Food and Drink i was saying to my husband ‘i could just eat…right now’ thankfully it was a fast day so we didn’t eat anything in the end. On the flip side we also find ourselves eating whilst watching weight loss series’ aswell, currently we’re plowing our way through Series 11 of The Biggest Loser so lots of episodes to not eat through lol. There’s something about watching food being prepared that flicks a switch in the brain and makes us ‘hungry’.

    • That’s a really good point, it’s not just when we watch cooking shows, it’s anything that brings the focus back to food. Probably it’s due to the digestive process being kicked into action but we don’t have any of th satisfaction we get by seeing, smelling and coating actual food so we try to recreate the satisfaction by eating something not quite as lovely from our pantry. Food for thought 😉

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