Don’t you like eating vegetables? Call them differently

Don’t you like eating vegetables? Call them differently

I must say that this morning at half past six, when I start my press review for Dcomedieta, I laughed for half an hour and almost poured my coffee to read this study. But I recognize that while it is strange, the study is in line with other studies that have focused on similar themes. That is: the way we think and call meals changes the perception we have of that food. And in particular, if you don’t like eating vegetables, you should learn to call them by another name, and to think of them in a more inviting way. Let’s see why.


According to a study that appeared in the journal Psychological Science, entitled “Increasing the consumption of vegetables by emphasizing the attributes of taste and pleasure”, it seems that calling vegetables by other names or giving them positive attributes allows us to eat more without effort.

For example, crunchy carrots with lemon emulsion to say “carrots in salad”.
Or zucchini flavored with aromatic herbs to say zucchini with mint.

This thing, without getting the Carlo Cracco on it, can be obtained simply by thinking about the recipe and not about the vegetable itself.

Let’s say I have a dislike for vegetables.
My mouth will not water if I think about eating eggplant for lunch. If, on the other hand, I think of eating an aubergine cream with slices of toasted bread or aubergine rolls with a little tuna or goat cheese and parsley, I imagine an appetizing dish, and not the naked and raw aubergine. At the same time, it is better to imagine the prepared dish than the basic ingredient.

In fact, the researchers saw that by simply naming vegetables differently and presenting them with different adjectives to a group of subjects, they chose vegetables more easily than other dishes.

If you want to eat vegetables, learn to fool your own mind.

It happens, as I wrote earlier, exactly the same thing with meals. If I learn to call a snack a “meal”, I will eat less in subsequent meals. On the contrary, it is a big mistake to say that you have eaten, that you have kept light, that you have had a quick snack or that you have “only” eaten a sandwich. It is a way of mentally reducing what we ate not to a meal but to something that seemed small and light to us. With the result that maybe “just that sandwich” gave us more calories than a plate of pasta, yet two hours later we are hungry.
Because? Because our minds positively and negatively are influenced. And the body responds accordingly.

This is easily seen in the weight loss diet. Many people are unable to stay on a weight loss diet because they associate it with something sad and sacrificed. And it can be like that, but it doesn’t have to be like that.

For example, if I have chicken and salad for lunch, I can think of making 3 or 4 different versions of the same dish. Watch.

  • Mixed green salad with yogurt and mustard emulsion and spicy chicken strips.
  • Chicken dumplings stuffed with chopped radicchio on a bed of valerian.
  • Cream of lettuce and stir-fried chicken with Chinese cabbage and endive strips, soy sauce and curry.
  • Chicken and salad.Of the four versions, which ones do you think are the most banal?
    Which one makes you less want to eat?
    Here, I hope I have explained.
    And if you lack ideas, you can always search online: for example, here is the vegetables section of a very interesting blog, La Regola del Piatto, which also includes nutritional values.

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