Research has shown that people eat more when the serving container is bigger. In fact, today’s salad fork is the size of a dinner fork from the mid-eighties, and serving spoons are taking on shovel-like dimensions.
Brain Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab at the University of Illinios, led a research study where researchers sent participants home with a half pound, a one pound or a two pound bag of M&Ms. Those with the half pound bag ate an average of 63 M&Ms, while those with the one poind bag averaged 120 M&MS! The larger the bag, the more the person ate.
The same principle applies to the size of our eating utensils, plates and glasses. So make life a little easier for yourself. Buy smaller utensils, plates and wine glasses and notice how much more civilized your dining experience can be!
P.S. If anyone identifies a good source of small scale flatware, etc., let me know. I’d like to place a shopping link on my site!