Procrastinate to improve food health choices

October 03, 2018

DO you (always) procrastinate? Many believe that procrastinating is laziness but psychologists say perfectionists are often procrastinators. Well, whether you have the habit of always putting things off until the last minute, can you procrastinate in eating?

A California Institute of Technology study found that you often make healthier food choices when you take longer to consider your options. If you make a hasty decision, you’re more likely to base your choice solely on taste rather than the healthfulness of a food.

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology wanted to see if there would be difference on making food choices based on fixed tastes or based on changing knowledge of nutrition.

They found that most people consider the taste of food earlier than they consider a food’s healthfulness. The difference was measured in milliseconds, but it was a significant difference.

They also found that those who consistently exercised self-control and chose healthier foods throughout the test actually started to consider the healthfulness of food sooner than those who chose unhealthy options.

About 32 percent of participants were moved by taste alone. The healthfulness of food never influenced their decisions.