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'Instagram Diet' Might Actually Work, Researchers Say

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) -- The recent trend of "Food-tography", or snapping a shot of your meal to share with your friends over social media, may have a greater impact on nutrition than you think.

Most people who use social media sites like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram are familiar with regularly seeing photos of food, posted by their friends and family. Actor Neil Patrick Harris has a Twitter account, with a reported 80,000 followers, that is dedicated exclusively to share the places he likes to eat at.

The age of social media has rewarded the food industry, as restaurants are taking advantage of free advertising.

"It's cool to get our pappardelle bolognese out on Instagram," Crossroads Restaurant Executive Chef Tal Ronnen said. "People look at it, and they look at the homemade pasta that we make. It looks like it has egg yolks in it, but it doesn't. The bolognese sauce is really meaty, and without that photo, it's harder to tell that story."

However, a recent study at Brigham Young University now suggests that repeatedly looking at foods you enjoy may actually reduce your appetite.

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