Fool Your Body Full
Eating Strong Smelling Foods May Aid Weight Loss & Portion Control
Researchers fed test subjects a custard-like desert while directing different scents to their noses. The participant pushed a button to tell the server how much they wanted to eat. The stronger the smell, the smaller was their bite. Researchers believe that we unconsciously seek a certain level of flavor experience with each bite, and with stronger smelling food, a smaller bite is needed to achieve that amount of flavor.
The study’s results suggest that manipulating a food’s odor could diminish an eater’s intake by 5 to 10 percent per bite. Combining aroma control with portion control, scientists believe we may be able to fool the body into thinking that it’s full with a smaller amount of food. Hello weight loss. But is this going to lead to some disturbing new fad diet of garlic and blue cheese?
Source: BioMed Central Limited (2012). How the Smell of Food Affects How Much You Eat. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120321094137.htm
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