Save Calories With Big Cereal Flakes
Chew on this: You may be consuming more calories when you eat the crushed flakes found at the bottom of a cereal box because there’s less air between pieces. Researchers gave 41 adults wheat flake cereal once weekly for four weeks. At each meal, the same amount of flakes were either served whole or crushed to 80, 60, or 40 percent of their original volume. Participants could pour as much cereal and milk as they wanted in one serving. They consumed more calories as flake size shrank, from 286 with whole flakes to 358 with the smallest pieces. Yet they estimated they had eaten about the same amount of calories each time.
Source: The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published online March 18, 2014