They say adventurous eaters weigh less and are healthier – showing it pays to be a foodie.
They even found that foodies were more sociable, throwing far more dinner parties.
Traditionally, foods fans are seen as gluttons.
However, a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study shows just the opposite –adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.
The nationwide U.S. survey of 502 women showed that those who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods — including seitan, beef tongue, Kimchi, rabbit, and polenta— also rated themselves as healthier eaters, more physically active, and more concerned with the healthfulness of their food when compared with non-adventurous eaters.
‘Food neophiles have a lower BMI than people who don’t like a lot of food, they even have people over for a dinner a lot more,’ said coauthor Brian Wansink.
‘There’s a real advantage to liking and trying a lot more food – it might even mean you have a lot more fun in life.’