If I gave you something, there isn’t much decision needed on your part on what you receive. However, what if I gave you two things and told you to choose one? That can tend to be a little more difficult.
Now take that analogy and multiply it by a million. The amount of food choices we have in the grocery store is staggering. And now researchers in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine believe the results of a recent study show that too many food choices could lead to obesity.
The study was administered on mice but was one of the first to present a real life scenario of having to choose between certain foods — some healthier than others. Other experiments involving mice actually tried to show the correlation of the mother’s diet to her offspring — similar to how scientists study women’s diets during pregnancy to see if it negatively affects the diet of the child.
The study showed that when there was a choice between a high-fat or low-fat diet, the body weight, body fat and glucose levels of the mice rose. Mice that only received a low-fat diet had no change in such metrics.
Researchers believe this is a peek into how humans face these situations, and for us it can result in weight gain. However, it’s a choice. Even though there are a variety of unhealthy food options, there are plenty of healthy alternatives. It’s just a matter of what you choose.