Scientists have confirmed what aperitif lovers have always known - that a pre-prandial drink stimulates the appetite. Dutch researchers who gave a group of 40 men and women a range of different drinks 30 minutes before a meal found that those who had alcohol ate more quickly and consumed more calories.
Those who had fruit juice, water or a milkshake ate more slowly and consumed less. The content of the non-alcoholic drink made no difference - their calorie intake was the same as if they had drunk nothing.
A second study presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Dublin undermines the common excuse offered by the sedentary for not exercising - that it will stimulate the appetite.
Research at the University of Leeds on a group of women trying to lose weight found they did not eat more after 50 minutes of intense exercise - but the food tasted better. Jeremy LauranceReuse content