Junk food or salad, ambient music influences your choice of food at restaurants

Junk food or salad, ambient music influences your choice of food at restaurants

Ambient music in restaurants can influence what food people choose, say scientists including one of Indian origin. They found that louder environments inspire diners to crave greasy cheeseburgers and fries instead of making healthier choices like salads. Volume is proven to directly impact heart rate and arousal. Softer music has a calming effect, making us more mindful of what we order, researchers said. This typically results in healthier choices, such as a salad. Louder environments increase stimulation and stress, making diners choose junk food like cheeseburgers and fries, according to…

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Want to choose healthy food? Consider brightly lit restaurants

Want to choose healthy food? Consider brightly lit restaurants

Next time you visit a restaurant, make sure it is well-lit, as researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that people are more likely to order healthy food if they are dining in bright light . Those dining in well-lit rooms are about 16-24 per cent more likely to order healthy foods than those in dimly lit rooms, researchers said. “We feel more alert in brighter rooms and therefore tend to make more healthful, forward-thinking decisions,” said Dipayan Biswas from University of South Florida in the US. Researchers surveyed 160…

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