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Your bowl of cereal will be more filling if you do this one very simple thing

Mirror logo Mirror 1/05/2017 Ruki Sayid

A square bowl is apparently the answer. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc A square bowl is apparently the answer. Eating cereal out of a square bowl is more filling than eating it out of a round one, scientists say.

For the brain sends messages to the body that the breakfast in the square bowl is more nutritious and tastier too.

According to research led by Oxford University neuroscientist Dr Jennifer Newson, we also feel more satisfied eating cereal standing up rather than sitting down at a table.

A study which served up Kellogg's Special K to 78 women aged 18-65 in equal amounts in square and round bowls found women felt the cereal in the traditional round one was less nutritious and did not taste as good as the other helping.

Dr Newson said: “The interviews conducted with the women who took part in the experiment suggest many of us eat with our eyes, because the cereal looked more appetising in a square shaped bowl the women found it more nutritious.

“More than ever, people are eating ‘on the go’, and we found that eating standing up actually increased how wholesome people thought the cereal was. Based on new evidence it could be argued that when we’re not sitting down at a breakfast table, our brain’s perception of nutrition is higher.”

The research also found drinking coffee with cereal had a negative effect as it tainted the taste and made women feel they were not getting the right nutrients to start the day.

Women who practised mindfulness were said to enjoy their breakfast more (Photo: Getty Images) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Women who practised mindfulness were said to enjoy their breakfast more (Photo: Getty Images) And women who were more relaxed after practising “mindfulness” in the morning were also found to enjoy the taste and feel fuller than those who rushed their breakfast. 

Dr Newman said: “The experiment highlights how the perception of nutrition, like many other aspects of human perception, is a flexible concept at the level of the brain.

“A judgement that is not just based on the cereal itself, but also according to what’s going on in your surroundings, your internal state of mind, and what else you are doing.”

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