Can food porn be good for my health?

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Jennifer Shaw
Nutrition & Dietetics
This really depends on the person.  Looking at pictures of delicious food can lead some to crave it even more and to go seeking something to eat.  But for others, looking at pictures and imagining how something might taste can be satisfactory by itself and take the edge off, helping to stop an all-out binge.    In itself, there’s nothing wrong with delicious, decadent foods, so the actual act of eating these things is completely fine in moderation.  Looking at the pictures should be a way of appreciating the art of them and perhaps enhancing the eating experience.  It’s only if you find yourself looking at picture after picture, craving something you otherwise wouldn’t have, and then winding up trying to fill those cravings with overeating that it can create a problem.
 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Not only can food porn be guilt-free, it can even encourage healthy eating habits! In this video, famous foodies visit The Dr. Oz Show to suggest ways to enjoy food and food porn without packing on the pounds.



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