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Appetite. 2010 Apr;54(2):422-5. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2010.01.009. Epub 2010 Jan 25.

Unintentional eating. What determines goal-incongruent chocolate consumption?

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School of Psychology, William Guild Building, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 2UB, UK. j.allan@abdn.ac.uk

Abstract

Overeating can be automatically triggered by the presence of palatable food. When presented with an opportunity to consume unlimited chocolate under the guise of a consumer study, chocolate consumption in individuals (n=62) with healthy dietary intentions could be predicted from a psychological measure of cognitive inhibition. Individuals who were less able to suppress goal-incongruent responses in an established inhibitory task: (a) ate more chocolate and (b) had a higher body mass index than others suggesting that these individuals were less able to exert dietary control in the presence of palatable but intention-incongruent foods.

PMID:
20100530
DOI:
10.1016/j.appet.2010.01.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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