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If You Do One Thing This Month...Break Out Your Grater

Most of us only reach for our kitchen graters to shave
Parmesan or to zest a lemon, but utilizing the tool
every day may help you shed a few pounds. "When ingredients
are grated, it seems like you're getting a bigger portion, so
you're satisfied with less," says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., a
registered dietitian and a spokeswoman for the American
Dietetic Association. In fact, a study published in the journal
Appetite found that people believe they're being served
nearly 50 percent more of a food when it's shredded.
The next time you're adding high-calorie fare-like cheese
or chocolate-to a dish, grate it instead of slicing or dicing
it. Not only will the smaller pieces save you calories (a cup of
grated cheddar, for example, contains 77 fewer calories than a
cup of diced), they'll also spread more evenly throughout
the meal, infusing every bite with flavor. Our favorite serving
suggestions: Grate cheese over steamed
vegetables and chocolate over
strawberries or bananas.

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