Size matters, so take a smaller plate

Thursday, April 28, 2016

By: Jeff Ash

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Dr. William Witmer loves to cook but isn’t offended if his guests take a small plate.


Truth be told, the Aurora BayCare interventional cardiologist prefers it that way.


“No one ever thinks of a smaller plate as an element of healthy eating, but it works pretty well,” says Witmer, who sees patients in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay. He practices with Aurora BayCare Cardiology.


That was one of Witmer’s takeaways after watching “In Defense of Food,” a recent PBS documentary.


“We need to talk not just about nutrients, or even about food, but about how much we eat,” author and food writer Michael Pollan says in the documentary, which was produced in the wake of his best-selling book, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.”


“The smaller the plate, the less food people take,” Pollan says in the documentary.


“The size of a plate tremendously biases us in terms of how much we serve,” Brian Wansink says in the documentary. He’s an expert on eating behaviors and director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab.


“The changes we can make most immediately are the changes we can make when we go home tonight. They’re the changes we can make in our own kitchen, or in our own house, by simply using smaller plates.”


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