Nutrition in the News

By: Ailea Lee-Wilson

Why Crunchy Food Might Help You Lose Weight

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Article Summary

The article is about how the sound of chewing crunchy-sounding foods may be a way to help you LOSE weight. According to Thomason (2016), she writes that one will eat less if they are more aware of the sound they are making while eating, being referred to as “The Crunch Effect” (Health, para. 2). Ryan Elder, assistant professor of marketing at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, and Gina Mohr, assistant professor of marketing at Colorado State University conducted their own experiments to test their claim. The first group listened to loud music while the other group listened to quiet music, both were given pretzels. On average the loud music group ate more than the quiet music group. In another experiment they texted people to imagine their chewing noises and thus they ate less. Thomas (2016) writes that the conclusion to the article is, “Being mindful of your munching,” (Health, para. 6).

Article Critique

The article’s author Kristine Thomas has limited information about her through the Health website, so her writings about health are not strong or recommended for using as a professional source. The source of the article, Health, has a link to their website that explains what the website is about, their goals for their articles, accuracy of content, and their editorial policy. They do not claim to be a medical professional website with factual information, Health (2016) has stated, “The material in this site is intended to be of general informational use and is not intended to constitute medical advice, probable diagnosis, or recommended treatments.” The article is short and easy to read. Most readers would appreciate this because it is in simple terms and explains the topic of the article without added unnecessary information. The article gives credit to the research conductors of the topic and they are from well-known universities. I do not find this article or the experiments conducted to have a strong scientific basis. The conductors of the study come from a marketing background and no scientific facts or information was stated. Thomas (2016) wrote how in one trial they saw results that proved that loud-music listeners ate more than quiet-music listeners (Health, para. 5). The article claims that multiple experiments were conducted yet the other trials’ results were not declared. The conclusion of the article did not tell people that crunchy foods were a certain way to lose weight. Thomas (2016) says, “Being mindful of your munching could lead you to have fewer chips, or cookies, or nuts.” (Health, para. 6). Overall this article was well-written and will catch many readers to reading more about this “Crunch Effect”. More scientific-based information on this can be found by talking to a physician or looking on .gov websites.

Works Cited

Thomason, K. (2016, March 18). Why Crunchy Food Might Help You Lose Weight. Retrieved March 31, 2016, from http://news.health.com/2016/03/18/why- crunchy-food-might-help-you-lose-weight/?xid=time