Lose weight by eating pungent-smelling foods: study

If you're trying to trim your waistline, consider tucking into an aromatic, pungent meal for dinner.

Because according to a study published this week in newly launched gastro-scientific journal Flavour, stronger aromas lead to smaller bite sizes -- a finding that could be used as a means to control portion sizes, researchers say.

For their study, Dutch scientists fitted 10 people aged 26 to 50 with a nose piece that was able to increase the aroma intensity of their sample food: a vanilla custard.

As researchers controlled the strength of the aroma, participants controlled the amount of food they pumped in their mouth by pushing a button connected to a feeding tube.

Smells ranged between no smell, weak, and strong.

The result? Increasing the aroma intensity led participants to take smaller bite sizes, researchers said.

"This study suggests that manipulating the odor of food could result in a 5-10% decrease in intake per bite," reads the study. "Combining aroma control with portion control could fool the body into thinking it was full with a smaller amount of food and aid weight loss."

Meanwhile, the newly launched journal will be published out of the Copenhagen, a hotbed of new, innovative and trendsetting modern gastronomy led mainly by chef René Redzepi of Noma, who has been credited with shifting the culinary spotlight to northern Europe and Nordic cuisine.

Flavour is the latest gastro-journal to launch in the world of academia.

Big-name master chefs like Heston Blumenthal, Grant Achatz as well as Redzepi have also lent their names to another scientific journal dedicated to cutting-edge food and cooking technology in the International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science launched in January.

In addition to stronger smells, other studies have shown that eating off smaller plates and using bigger forks can also help control portion sizes.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • A Minute with: Sandra Bullock on playing a baddie in 'Minions'
    A Minute with: Sandra Bullock on playing a baddie in 'Minions'

    By Sara Hemrajani LONDON (Reuters) - Sandra Bullock has played a medical engineer in space in "Gravity" and an undercover FBI agent posing as a beauty pageant model in "Miss Congeniality," but she takes on her first villainous role in the animated "Minions." In "Minions," a "Despicable Me" spin-off out in theaters on July 10, Bullock supplies the voice of the glamorous Scarlett Overkill, who wants the small yellow minions to help her get the British crown jewels. Bullock, 50, spoke to …

  • Macy's dumps Trump clothing line in response to comments

    NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is the latest company to end its relationship with Donald Trump as the fallout from the real estate mogul's remarks about Mexican immigrants continues. …

  • Hasbro, Lions Gate to roll dice with Monopoly movie
    Hasbro, Lions Gate to roll dice with Monopoly movie

    (Reuters) - Toy maker Hasbro Inc is bringing the Monopoly board game to the silver screen, in a movie about a boy's quest to make his fortune and avoid jail time. Andrew Niccol, who was nominated for an Academy Award for writing Jim Carrey's "The Truman Show", will write the screenplay for the movie, to be co-produced by Hasbro and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Invented more than a century ago, 275 million copies of the Monopoly board game have been sold in 47 languages. The game where …

  • Michael B. Jordan's 'Creed' Trailer
    Michael B. Jordan's 'Creed' Trailer

    Adonis Johnson, a boxing star in the making, is hitting the ring in "Creed," and the trailer for the film, starring Michael B. Jordan, is here. The new trailer features the "Fantastic Four" star as Adonis Johnson, the son of the late Apollo Creed (Rocky's rival-turned-friend), and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. There are plenty of Rocky nods in the clip too, including Adonis walking into Mighty Mick's gym and Michael's character quoting a famous "Rocky Balboa" line at one point. …

  • Jim Caviezel to receive award from Jimmy Stewart Museum

    INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Jim Caviezel is being honored by a Pennsylvania museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. …

  • First-job tales of YouTube celebrities
    First-job tales of YouTube celebrities

    While old-media outlets like newspapers have been losing subscribers, YouTube celebrities have been gaining them by the busload. For the latest installment in Reuters' monthly "First Jobs" series, we asked a few of the top YouTube stars to discuss how they came from nowhere to cultivate millions of adoring fans.         Michelle Phan YouTube subscribers: 7.8 million Specialty: Makeup advice First Job: China Buffet host "I was 16 years old, and wanted to help my mom with the rent. There …

  • 30th anniversary of 'Future' celebrated at Hollywood Bowl
    30th anniversary of 'Future' celebrated at Hollywood Bowl

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands went back in time as one of the largest movie audiences ever in one place gathered to watch "Back to the Future" at the Hollywood Bowl in a celebration of the film's 30th anniversary. …

  • Rolling Stones exhibition to open at London gallery in 2016

    LONDON (AP) — They're more accustomed to stadiums, but the Rolling Stones are coming to a London art gallery. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …