Dutch scientists reported in the journal Flavour how aromas from food affect how much we eat.
Many things affect bite size, for example..
- reputation of the food
- how full you are
- even the mood of the person
The denser the food, the harder it is to break it down, therefore you naturally take smaller bites. But even as you enjoy your dinner, as you eat more, you become more full and subsequently take smaller bites during the length of your meal.
Rene A de Wijk, a Dutch scientist and his team carried out an experiment on 10 volunteers.
He got 10 volunteers between the ages of 26-50 to eat vanilla custard (I bet you want to volunteer right?) to experiment aroma vs bite size.
The taste of the custard did not change, but the intensity of the smell did.
There were 3 types of aromas of the same tasting custard
- No aroma
Results showed that there was a strong link between the smell and bite size. The stronger the aroma, the smaller the bite size.
This study could play important roles in weight loss. Perhaps if you're trying to cut the pounds, try adding strong aromas to your food.