Eat Less With A Little Whiff

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Think about your favorite food scents-freshly baked bread, smooth milk chocolate, savory pumpkin pie…mouthwatering, yes. And when enticed by those strong, scrumptious flavors (and the scents they emit), you may actually eat smaller portions of the food, a new study suggests.

Study volunteers were presented with different scents and a custard-like dessert. When the scents were stronger, the volunteers took smaller bites of the dessert. The stronger scents seemed to subconsciously override the need for a large bite with more flavor.

The Dutch researchers suggested that manipulating the scent of food could lead people to eat less food, therefore managing weight gain. Stronger-smelling food could lead to a 5 to 10 percent reduction in portion size, they wrote in the journal Flavour.

Do you think food’s smell makes you want to eat less-or more?

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