Survey: Do You Save the Best for Last?

Survey: Do You Save the Best for Last?

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Dana Velden
Mar 23, 2009

A few years ago I noticed that I had an odd eating habit: I would save what I thought was going to be the best bite for the last bite. For me this means the gooey center of a cinnamon bun, or the thick button of frosting on the top of a cupcake or the largest, ripest piece of mango in a salad.

Soon after I had my realization, I began to notice that there were others who were like me but there were also others who were just the opposite. These people would eat all the good stuff first!

A friend speculated that birth order and family table dynamics have a lot to do with this. Another says it has to do with personal existential biases around abundance and scarcity. I'm thinking I should do a field study in which I take on the opposite, best-part-first method for a week and see what happens.

Related: Do You Hoard Certain Ingredients?

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