Eating the same kinds of foods and meals each week gets a little boring and if you’ve ever put yourself on a restricted diet in order to lose weight, you’ll know that it’s a battle which sometimes causes more problems in the long run. A study published this month, shows that being a ‘foodie’ has an impact on a woman’s weight and their lifestyle. Find out what it means to be a foodie and the benefits of being more adventurous in your diet.

In a time when there is rising obesity in the Western world, researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand lab in the USA thought it was important to question if it had anything to do with the fact that people are eating more exotic foods than ever and a growth in the ‘foodie’ culture. The survey asked over 500 hundred women from the US questions about their perceived healthiness, lifestyle, psychology and about the foods which they have eaten or would be willing to try. The research was designed to find out, how being more adventurous when it comes to food, might be related to Body Mass Index – a number based on weight and height and is used as a tool to decide if your weight is putting you at risk of health problems.

The food Bucket List

To find out if you’re a foodie, which of the following foods would you be willing to try or eat more than once?

  • Kale
  • Seitan
  • Quinoa
  • Seaweed
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beef tongue
  • Eel
  • Quail eggs
  • Rabbit
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Venison
  • Polenta
  • Liver
  • Raw oysters
  • Pork belly

Selecting more than nine of these defines you as an adventurous eater, for this study. Typically the two different types of women, adventurous and non adventurous eaters identified from this question, also showed similarities in personality and lifestyle traits. 

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