Hun­gry peo­ple are more like­ly to choose foods that are to their left, Ital­ian sci­en­tists from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bari found out.

They test­ed their ver­sion of the “right and left” choice on two vari­a­tions of the same online menu in groups of hun­gry and full peo­ple.

A total of 192 par­tic­i­pants com­plet­ed the ver­sion with healthy foods on the right, with unhealthy foods on the left, and 194 par­tic­i­pants com­plet­ed the mir­ror ver­sion (unhealthy on the right/healthy on the left) of the same sur­vey.

The sci­en­tists found no sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the choice of healthy (or unhealthy) foods when dis­played on the left and right menu pages: this null result of the dif­fer­ence in choice was for sati­at­ed par­tic­i­pants who chose to eat the item lat­er.

In con­trast, hun­gry par­tic­i­pants who pre­ferred to eat the prod­uct right away grav­i­tat­ed toward healthy foods much more often when they were placed on the left page com­pared to the right.

The researchers sug­gest that a dif­fer­ence in how food is dis­played or placed on an order­ing menu may help peo­ple make few­er uncon­scious, impul­sive unhealthy food choic­es, there­by improv­ing their health.

Pre­vi­ous­ly, sci­en­tists have found that if nec­es­sary, reduce the dai­ly calo­rie intake should be eat­en in silence.

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