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Interactions between forms of fat consumption and restaurant bread consumption


How does fat consumption influence the consumption of companion foods such as bread? Adult restaurant goers who were randomly given olive oil for their bread used 26% more oil on each piece of bread compared to those who were given block butter, but they ended up eating 23% less bread in total. This finding illustrates one way in which fat intake can interact with the consumption of companion foods.

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This research was sponsored by the Functional Foods for Health Program, the Illinois Attorney General, and the Tufts University Diet and Nutrition Newsletter. Special thanks for Cynthia Sangerman and Lawrence Linder for their help with this project.

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Wansink, B., Linder, L. Interactions between forms of fat consumption and restaurant bread consumption. Int J Obes 27, 866–868 (2003).

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  • energy intake
  • fat and carbohydrates
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • bread
  • restaurant
  • companion foods


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