Research shows that people who eat while watching TV, for example, consume more than they otherwise would and often go on to eat more over the course of the entire day than those who dine unplugged. If we had to guess, Instagramming and Tweeting during meal time can be just as detrimental to weight maintenance efforts, too. The trouble is, it can be nearly impossible to convince your family members to dine without their go-to devices.
This very issue is what inspired Australian pasta sauce brand, Dolmio, to invent the Dolmio Pepper Hacker. The fully functioning pepper mill shuts off WiFi, TVs and other electronic devices to which it’s synced when users begin twisting it. Unfortunately, as of right now, the Pepper Hacker is just a prototype and there’s no word when it will be available for sale. Even though you can’t get your hands on one quite yet, you can still see the Pepper Hacker in action. The ad below was filmed in real Australian households and only the moms knew the secret hijacking powering of the pepper grinder.
In the mean time, you can still help your family remain trim by enforcing a no-electronics policy at the dinner table. Researchers say doing so will not only improve your family’s eating habits, but also boost family communication, so it’s a win-win!