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“Carb Appeal” May Be Destroying Your “Curb Appeal” at Disney World

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A new study suggests that eating lots of carbs can actually make a person unattractive–or, in other words, that carb appeal could be destroying your own personal curb appeal.

And if the results from the study are true and you’re a fan of Disney World, you might want to be conscious of what you eat on your trip–especially since the restaurants, theme parks, and resort hotels at the Central Florida Disney parks are home to some of the most magical and irresistible carbs on earth!

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Desserts and Cupcakes and Breading, Oh My!

While on vacation, many of us not only take a leave of absence from work, but we also find ourselves taking a leave of our senses when it comes to the food choices we make on our time off. However, there are some who have so much willpower that they’re as determined to make good food choices on vacation as they are at any other time of the year.

But if you vacation at the Most Magical Place on Earth, it’s no small feat to make healthy choices when you eat, especially when you consider that Disney World is home to a myriad of quick-service and table-service dining locations, each of which offers a seemingly countless list of scrumptious things to eat.

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Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest Restaurant/Credit: Becky Burkett

There’s literally no shortage of sugar-raising, tummy-bloating, and vessel-clogging things to eat at Disney World, and if you’re like us, it can be extremely difficult to exercise whatever variation of willpower we have when we’re not on vacation.

Breads

Disney World restaurants offer some really amazing options if you love bread.

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Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen/Credit: Disney

Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen has a bread on its secret menu called Pao de Queijo, or Brazillian Cheese Bread. The appetizer is served as tiny bread balls bursting with cheese inside. But if you want to enjoy it the next time you’re in Adventureland, you’ll have to request it specifically because it isn’t listed on the regular menu.

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At the France pavilion on EPCOT’s World Showcase, part of Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie’s claim to fame is its huge baguettes. Slightly crunchy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside . . . just like bread should be!

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Chefs de France, also in the France pavilion, offers bread service before the meal is served, and it features a baguette as well, though it isn’t quite the size of the baguettes at Les Halles next door. And it’s ok to have a baguette at both places because–hey–you’re on vacation at Disney World, right?

But if you really love carb-laden bread, you can’t miss the fresh-made Pineapple Coconut Breakfast Bread served at ‘Ohana. Not only does the delicious offering complement the tropical feel of the Polynesian Village Resort at Disney World, but it’s also absolutely scrumptious! And you don’t even have to be a huge pineapple fan to enjoy it!

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Pineapple Bread at ‘Ohana/Credit: Disney Vacation Club Shop

Ice Cream, Desserts, and Other Carb-Heavy Goodness

No vacation would be complete without ice cream. But even if you don’t love ice cream, vacations were made for desserts, and desserts were made for vacation, and during a visit to Disney World, you’ll have a proverbial buffet before you with endless choices of ice cream, cookies, cakes, and other sweet treats from which to choose.

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At Gaston’s Tavern at Fantasyland inside Magic Kingdom, you can rest your weary feet for a few minutes while enjoying a ginormous cinnamon roll. (No, seriously, they’re as big as your face!) The gooey cinnamon-y rolls are among the biggest rolls we’ve ever seen, but they’re even better with a mug of Lefou’s Brew to go with them. The drink features a frozen apple slush with a hint of marshmallow flavoring and is topped with passion fruit and mango foam.

The combination might sound a bit wonky if you haven’t tried it, but rest assured, the flavors of apple, passionfruit, and mango go well with the marshmallow flavoring. It’s a must-try!

A New Study From France Proves “You Are What You Eat”

A new scientific study has reportedly concluded that humans really are what they eat.

The study was conducted at the University of Montpellier in France–one of the most food-centric countries on earth, and according to the findings from the study, which were originally published in the journal Plos One, “the opposite sex finds a person’s face less attractive after they’ve eaten refined, carbohydrate-filled foods.”

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As part of the study, scientists invited more than 100 heterosexual men and women to test the thesis, or hypothesis, after having breakfast. A number of participants enjoyed items from a high-carb menu, while other participants enjoyed foods with a lower glycemic index and not quite so carb-heavy.

Then, two hours after breakfast, photos were taken of each participant. The photos were then handed out to volunteers who were asked to rate the attractiveness of the participants’ faces.

The male and female participants who ate carb-heavy foods were rated as having lower facial attractiveness. Participants who completed their surveys and said that they usually eat high-carb foods also received lower ratings related to their respective attractiveness or curb appeal.

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“Facial attractiveness, an important factor of social interactions, seems to be impacted by immediate and chronic refined carbohydrate consumption in men and women,” the conductors of the study shared.

Researchers added that the next step in this study is to conduct the same experiment with a larger group of people. This will help scientists to better understand the effects of certain foods on the human face and a human’s appearance.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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