Les couleurs que nous mangeons

By Mélanie Schultz and Rose-Marie Tremblay
Junior Category (Grades 7-8)
Experiment | Statistics

We eat food every day. Does the colour of our food influence what we are going to eat? One theory says that we are more attracted to the colours red, yellow, and orange. The colours green and blue do not attract because they make signs of oxidation. Is the theory correct? Well, we experimented to find out. We separated 5 different colours of Smarties into bowls. Then we covered the bowls with a cloth. Next, we asked people to pick a colour when we removed the cover. We put a piece of fabric on top of the bowls so that the participant would not have already chosen a smartie. We wanted to see what smartie people would choose within a few seconds. Our result showed us that the colours red, yellow and blue were the most chosen. The colours that weren’t popular were green and orange. This experiment proved to us that the theory was wrong in some ways.

The things that the theory was correct about :

  • The theory was correct about the colour red and yellow to be more attractive.
  • The theory was right about the green smarties being less chosen.

The things that the theory was incorrect about :

  • The bleu smarties was supposed to be one of the less preferred colours. But our experiment showed that it was the third most chosen colour.
  • The theory was also wrong about the colour orange being popular. Our experiment proved to us that the colour orange wasn’t successful.

In conclusion, our experience has taught us that the colour of our food can influence what we eat. Did you ever think that your food could influence what you are going to eat?

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