Professor Brian Wansink of “Mindless Eating” fame, head of Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab, published a new study in the online journal Public Health Nutrition showing that smart preparation and presentation of a vegetable entrée boosts a diner’s perception of the person who prepared it.
Wansink asked 500 American mothers ranging in age from 18 to 65 years, with two or more children under age 18, to cook and serve meals with and without vegetables. The diners were then asked to evaluate cook who made the meals by choosing from a list of 12 attributes, such as “selfish” or “loving”.
Results showed that many more positive descriptors were used for the cooks who served vegetables. Vegetable servers were labeled “thoughtful”, “attentive” and “capable”, while non-servers were “neglectful”, “selfish” and “boring”. Overall, the inclusion of a vegetable created a better perception of the cook and of the meal as well.
Presently in the United States, vegetables are served as part the evening meal only 23 percent of the time. That’s a lost opportunity for sure. If you want to be a hero in your own kitchen, just add veggies to your meals. There’s no need to mention the nutritional benefits they give.
Check out this tasty and pretty way to eat cauliflower given to me by reader Lillie Zuck:
Cumin Seed Roasted Cauliflower with Yogurt Recipe
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