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The Stronger the Smell Of Food, The Smaller The Bite Size, Research Finds

March 21, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Dutch research finds a correlation between the size of a bite of food and the strength of the aroma of that food, suggesting that aroma could provide a way to control portion size. Manipulating the odor of food could lead to a five to 10 percent decrease in the size of a bite consumed. For the study, participants were able to control portions of a custard-like dessert by pushing a button. Bite size was linked to aroma for the first and subsequent bites: the stronger the smell, the smaller the bite.
Rene A de Wijk et al., "Food aroma affects bite size", Flavour, March 21, 2012, © BioMed Central Ltd
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