It’s the standard date setup: mood lighting and overpriced cocktails. You can barely read the menu, but damn do you look good. The other downside? New research suggests dimly lit restaurants may be to blame for poor food choices.

In fact, people who ate in well-lit rooms were nearly 25 percent more likely to eat something healthy (think veggies and salmon instead of fried chicken and mashed potatoes), while diners in darker restaurants ordered food that had nearly 40 percent more calories.

Researchers say it has to do with how alert you are. When given caffeine, diners in both bright and dark rooms were equally likely to make healthy meal choices. So instead of forgoing date night or boycotting restaurants with a romantic ambiance, get a cup of coffee with your meal or simply be more mindful of what you order.

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