Portions Too Big? Change Your Plate Color Dish colors that match food lead to larger meals By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff Posted Jan 20, 2012 4:54 PM CST Updated Jan 22, 2012 7:00 PM CST 11 comments Comments People tend to eat more if their plate is the same color as their food, say researchers. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Trying to cut back on calories? Pay attention to the color of your plate. A new study reveals that people who use a dish that matches the color of the food they're eating will pile on more grub than if the plate is a different color, reports Scientific American. A researcher tested this by giving people at a buffet either a red plate or a white plate, then observing how they chowed down on pasta with either red or white sauce. A pdf of the study is here.