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How high-calorie desserts can lead to healthier meals

IANS  |  New York 

Do red velvet cheesecake, or fish fries entice you but you refrain from eating those owing to the high-calories they contain? Take heart.

Choosing these high-calorie options first might help you opt for a healthier meal later, says a new research.

The study showed choosing indulgent dessert first may lead to eating lower-calorie meals.

"We believe diners who chose the indulgent dessert first then picked healthier main and side dishes to make up for their high-calorie dessert.

"Diners who picked the healthier dessert may have thought they already had done a good deed for their bodies so they deserved further down the cafeteria line," said Martin Reimann, at the in the US.

The experiment was conducted in the cafeteria of the at the Tecnológico de in Monterrey,

For the study, researchers included 134 diners aged between 18 and 60 with an average age of 32.

They placed either a healthy or less healthy dessert (fresh fruit versus lemon cheesecake).

There were also healthy and less healthy main and side dishes including grilled chicken fajitas and a small salad or fried fish and

The findings, published by the American Psychological Association, showed that diners who chose the cheesecake first, were twice as likely to order the lighter main dish later and ultimately consumed fewer calories than diners who chose the fresh fruit first.

"People should be aware that their initial and their mindset may affect the overall healthiness of their meals," suggested Reimann.



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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 16:52 IST