Will Dining in the Dark Help You Eat Less?
This new restaurant trend gives diners a thought-provoking way to savor food.
Yet at about $100 per person, it’s not an inexpensive night out, which left us wondering, for that price, could dark dining offer more benefits than meet the eye? We asked Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., obesity expert and author of The EatingWell Diet, to weigh in. “We’re visually cued to finish what’s on our plates; but there is evidence that beyond the first five mouthfuls of a dish you’re eating just to finish it,” explains Harvey-Berino. “So there is some reason to speculate that you might be more inclined to stop eating if you can’t see the food.”
Bottom line: It may not curb your appetite, but dining in the dark truly is a thought-provoking way to savor food.