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This Study Suggests that Instagramming Your Food Might Actually Make It Taste Better


Have you ever paused to snap a quick pic before you dive into your food? Well, according to this new study, that may actually help you enjoy it more...

Odds are you have very strong feelings about taking pictures of food: you love it, or you hate it. But if you consider yourself the latter, you might want to put that conviction on hold for just a second and read what this study has to say...

It turns out, a few likes aren't all that you could be benefitting from if you stopped to take an Instagram-worthy picture before diving into your delicious food.

According to this study conducted by researchers from Saint Joseph's University and the University of San Diego, those precious anticipatory moments before you dig in can actually increase your taste perceptions and appreciation of your food.

The delay is what provides you with this boost: you think about and look at the food, really take in the sight and smell of it before you ever find out what it tastes like. When you do finally eat it, then, you savor everything it has to offer.

It basically just makes you extra aware of what you're consuming. And this applies to both unhealthy, indulgent foods as well as healthier options.

So yes, appreciating how your food looks and sharing it online can actually end up helping you enjoy your meal more!

So next time someone rolls their eyes or complains when you pull out your phone the moment the food arrives, remind them of this study. They might end up stopping for a picture too!

Are you a fan of food photography? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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VIDEO: Chicken Quesadillas

These quick and easy chicken quesadillas are the perfect, last-minute family dinner!


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of Mexican spice mix
  • 4 Tortillas
  • Cheddar
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Put shredded chicken breast, tomato sauce, chives, and mexican spice mix in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Lay out the tortillas. Place a slice of cheddar in the center, and cover with the chicken mix.
  3. Fold up tortillas, and heat in a frying pan until golden.
  4. Enjoy!

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