While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal effects on our mood, behavior and feelings. For example, blue, as midday sky or deep blue sea, will often calm our mind and evoke feelings of peacefulness and tranquility. It is perceived as the color of the mind, stability and confidence and is therefore often used in advertising and marketing projects to communicate ideas of trust, reliability, productivity, and intellect.
However, blue can be also perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly. If you just think of Picasso’s Blue Period and his somber monochromatic paintings or how blue is used in language (blue Monday, blues, feeling blue), it’s easy to connect the dots.
According to an interesting recent research, the color of the plate that you eat off can make a huge difference to how much you eat. Study participants tended to self-serve and eat 22% less food if there was a higher contrast in colors between the plate and the food. So, if you eat a light-colored food like pasta off a dark colored plate, you will probably eat less than if you eat the pasta off a white plate. This is probably because the portion looks larger on a darker plate because it stands out more than it does on a lighter plate, where it just blends in. In a nutshell, it is the contrast between your food and your plate that counts!
Another study found that participants eating off a white plate, as opposed to a dark version, reported the same food to taste 7% more sweet, 9% more enjoyable and 13% more flavorsome, speculating that the white background makes the food more visible, or triggers sweet food memories.
Obviously, the color of your food changes with each meal, but is there the one color that would virtually contrast all food? It is the Blue. Aside from blueberries and some grapes, it is rarely found in natural foods and is regarded as one of the least appetizing colors working as an appetite suppressant on the brain. Research also suggests it as calming, which could help you eat slower.
No matter what color, shape, or size your plates are, it’s always better to eat off a plate than out of a bag or box. So, just pick a plate, any plate, keeping in mind this little quirky dark (blue) plate weight loss strategy…