We all know drooling over #foodporn can inspire a trip to brunch, but new research聽suggests that聽it鈥檚 not just looking at gorgeous food pics聽that could be affecting your health. According to this聽study by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, the聽type of聽food in聽your very own聽kitchen may be affecting your weight too.


Brian Wansink, a聽professor/director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, and his聽colleagues surveyed聽500 adult women and asked them to answer yes or no questions about the聽food and appliances found on their kitchen counters. They also tracked data聽on their聽weight and height.

Wansink discovered that which foods were on the counter, where food is visible and readily available,聽could affect聽BMI for both women and men.聽According to the study, the presence of聽fruits was associated with a lower BMI, while packaged foods resulted in a higher BMI for both women and men.

To build on the results of the first study and collect additional information, the research team conducted聽a second study in Syracuse, New York. The results suggest that normal-weight participants were more likely to have fresh fruits and less likely to have regular聽soft drinks聽in聽their kitchens聽than obese participants. Normal-weight participants also had fewer聽cookies, cakes and muffins lying around on their counters. The study further breaks down this data by gender, finding that, while normal-weight women were more likely to have fruit on their counters and less likely to have soft drinks聽visible in their kitchen, normal-weight men and obese men were equally聽likely to have soft drinks on their countertops.聽Women who had聽breakfast cereal on their counters also tended to weigh slightly heavier than those who did not, while the presence of cereal was not associated with a higher BMI in men. More detailed comparisons聽can be found in the paper聽published聽last October in the Health Education & Behavior journal.


Overall, the research shows the importance and role of聽our聽environment, especially our own homes, when it comes to聽our health. We have a tendency to help ourselves to what is immediately visible in our kitchen. If聽we want to stay healthy, it is vital to keep healthy food around and snacks out of sight.

What type of food is immediately visible聽in your kitchen?

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