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Plate Color May Affect How Much You Eat, Research Says

MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 12:  A red  plate with the writing "Sale" is displayed in a Rosenthal store on January 12, 2009 in  Munich, Germany. The traditional German porcelain manufactory has become insolvent and searches for an investor. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: A red plate with the writing "Sale" is displayed in a Rosenthal store on January 12, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The traditional German porcelain manufactory has become insolvent and searches for an investor. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)  (2009 Getty Images)

New research published this week in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests the color of your plate matters when it comes to how much you eat at a meal.

Experts have known for years color plays a factor when it comes to food.

It's no coincidence most fast food chains rely heavily on colors such as red, orange and yellow in their advertising and decor. Those colors prompt you to eat more.

However, this new study found people ate more when there was less contrast between the food and the color of the plate used.

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In other words, when there's a noticeable contrast between the food your eating and the plate your using, you can see what you're eating more easily and then you eat less.

Of course, it's not practical to have a different color of plate for every kind of food you eat, but some experts say the best all around choice is white.

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