Monday, July 1, 2013

Your Choice In Utensils Can Change How Food Tastes

Which spoonful of yogurt looks the tastiest? Studies show people tend to eat less when their dishes are in sharp color-contrast to their food. Being "born with a silver spoon in your mouth" has long been known to have advantages. Apparently, eating off a silver spoon also has its perks — it seems to make your food taste better.

That's the word from a group of researchers who've been studying how cutlery, dishes and other inedible accoutrements to a meal can alter our perceptions of taste. Their , published in the journal Flavour, looks at how spoons, knives and other utensils we put in our mouths can provide their own kind of "mental seasoning" for a meal.

"Some of my wine-drinking colleagues would have me believe that flavor is really out there on the bottle, in the glass or on the plate," says , a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University. "But I think it is much more something that we ... understand better through looking at what's happening inside the brain, and not just the mouth of the person eating or drinking."
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/06/30/196708393/from-farm-to-fork-to-plate-how-utensils-season-your-meal

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