Need to go on a diet, but feeling deflated because you never seem to be able to lose all the weight you want? Maybe you should be chowing down on a nice slice of Limburger cheese, with liver and onions with a side of asparagus and a poached egg!
Scientists studying how the smell of food affects how much we eat have determined that the stronger the smell a food item has, the less a person will eat of it. In an experiment, researchers enlisted the aid of 10 adults, lots of vanilla custard and zero spoons—because the custard was squeezed directly into each subject's mouth, in amounts the subject controlled. With each taste, subjects also got a blast of the strong custard aroma puffed directly into their nostrils.
The test patients who were exposed to the intense aroma of the custard before eating actually ate less of the rich, delicious dessert topping than those who were not exposed to the scent before chowing down. Scientists believe the strong aroma of the food sends a signal to the brain that the item is very rich and high in calories or fat, making the average person eat less.
So, the next time you have the urge to cheat on your diet, taken a ginormous whiff of the decadent treat you are about to eat...you might trick your brain and not turn into a glutton!