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Double Dutch

My friend D found the following snippet in a magazine recently:

True or false?

Just looking at cake can help you to lose weight.

True, according to Dutch psychologists who found that women shown photos of a chocolate cake chose healthier oatmeal biscuits afterwards, while those shown photos of flowers preferred chocolate biscuits.

A quick straw poll amongst my friends revealed they thought this research is seriously flawed: they’d take the chocolate cake every time, thank you very much. Mind you, perhaps being out amongst the flowers every day might explain why our esteemed Commissar has a daily packet of Jaffa Cakes.

Thoughts anyone?

Michelle Chapman.plain.

4 Responses

  1. What kind of people are showing pictures of chocolate cake and offering oatmeal cookies anyway? There is no question, chocolate always wins, for me at least. Your thesis that since gardeners are around flowers so much we have been numbed to their subliminal message of *eat healthy!* is sound.

  2. Frances – I’d need deep psychological counselling afterwards if I’d taken part in that research. Imagine! Drooling over chocolate cake and not eating it smacks of mental cruelty to me.

  3. But I LIKE nutty oatmeal biscuits, over a chocolate cake that turns out at first mouthful to be an also ran – icky, too sweet, with too much greasy icing. But if that cake is decadent, it wins first prize. BTW – this blog is founded on the premise that We Like Biscuits.

  4. Does it say what kind of bevrage was served afterwards? If tea then that explains why they opted for oatmeal biccies. Re-read Different Koek again and allwill be revealed.

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