Polished off a couple of bagfuls of sweets and chocolates at the cinema? Don’t worry, it was the film’s fault

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Via: Gareth Morgans

If you have a penchant for action films and thrillers you might want to avoid the popcorn counter as a new survey suggests that they might make you snack more.

 

Researchers found participants gobbled twice as much while glued to a fast-paced action thriller than when they were watching something more sedate.

 

Cinema-goers were given equal amounts of M&Ms, cookies, carrots and grapes to snack on, and they were weighed before and after watching the films to track how much they had eaten (surveys can be so cruel).

 

Lead researcher Dr Aner Tal, from Cornell University in the US said: “More stimulating programmes that are fast-paced (and) include many camera cuts really draw you in and distract you from what you are eating.

 

"They can make you eat more because you’re paying less attention to how much you are putting in your mouth. Because of this, programmes that engage viewers more might wind up being worse for their diets."


So, seeing as you’ll be consuming so much more food when you watch a thriller, you better make sure that you have some tastier snacks on tap. And it just so happen we have some …

Spice roasted chickpeas

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Chickpeas are not just for making into hummus, they make a great healthy snack too – and they're impressive enough to serve when you’re entertaining.  

 

Crudites and salt baked mini potatoes with aioli

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Crudites and salt-baked potatoes

Photo: Kate Whitaker

This is a big plateful of spring, and you can make the aioli in advance for a really speedy and healthy nibble.

 

Turmeric and chickpea chips with tahini lemon dip

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Turmeric and chickpea chips

Photo: Tara Fisher

These gluten-free chickpea chips from Anna Hansen are party food heaven but we say, why wait for a party?

 

Sea salt and chilli roasted nuts

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Sea salt and chilli roasted nuts

Photo: Kate Whitaker

Warning: these sea salt and chilli nuts from Olia Hercules are dangerously addictive – you won’t be able to stop at just one handful. 

 

Padrón peppers and almonds

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Padron peppers and almonds

Photo: Christian Barnett

The fun of padrón peppers is that roughly one in every five is really quite spicy. Serve Kate Titford's lucky-dip nibble with a cold drink – you might need it.