NEW YORK (MOL): If you want to lose weight, it pays to tuck into brains, tongue and kimchi, researchers have found. They say adventurous eaters weigh less and are healthier - showing it pays to be a foodie. They even found that foodies were more sociable, throwing far more dinner parties. Traditionally, foods fans are seen as gluttons. However, a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study shows just the opposite –adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

The nationwide US survey of 502 women showed that those who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods also rated themselves as healthier eaters.