Aradhna Krishna, professor of marketing at Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and co-authors Hao Shen and Meng Zhang of the Chinese University of Hong Kong found that an iPad-like touch interface leads people to make more hedonistic food choices over more healthful ones.
A series of five studies suggests that when one sees a self-indulgent food on a touch screen, one has automatic imagery (also called mental simulation) of reaching out and picking it up. The touch screen is consistent with this naturally occurring mental simulation and facilitates it—increasing the choice of the hedonistic food.
In other words, the act of reaching out to touch a picture of your food choice on a touch screen is more consistent with the natural mental simulation that occurs when one picks up that food—versus using a mouse on a laptop or a tablet with a stylus—making it more likely for people to choose cheesecake over fruit salad.
Denmark has more initiatives against food waste in Europe than any other state – from awareness campaigns and partnerships to government subsidies for food waste projects. This is largely thanks to Stop Spild Af Mad - Stop Wasting Food – a lobby group set up by graphic designer Selina Juul.
Once a week I listen to a podcast or two from On Point from WBUR . Recently a surprise... friend Greg Blonder was featured as a barbecue expert along with his collaborator 'Meathead' Goldwyn. Greg really is an expert - he's dived into grilling and other types of cooking wearing the hat of an experimentalist. The show is a bit forced given time constraints, but if you do meat (I don't), you'll find some good tips. At the end there is a bit on vegetables and some of the tips are appropriate for veggies too..