It appears that if you’d like your food to taste better, you may want to pay a little more for it.
A New study finds those who paid more for an all-you-can-eat buffet reported the food tasted better, they felt less guilty about overeating, and had an overall better experience.
Cornell University presented 139 people with a menu that offered an all-you-can-eat buffet priced at either four dollars or eight dollars.
Results show those who paid $8 for the buffet reported enjoying their food more than those who paid $4.
A majority of the people who paid the lower price also reported feeling like they had overeaten, felt more guilt about the meal, and reported liking the food less and less throughout the course of the meal.
Researchers say they were surprised to find how much pricing may affect how we feel about our food and that the findings could offer lessons about how to approach a buffet- pay more, maybe eat a little less, and have a better experience overall.