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A Bouquet on Your Dining Table Can Help You Eat Less

A Bouquet on Your Dining Table Can Help You Eat Less

What happens when you place a bouquet of fragrant flowers on your dining table?

Yes, of course, the sight and smell of those beautiful flowers pleases the eyes, gladdens the nose, and makes you feel happy. But more interestingly, the whiff of those blossoms confuses your senses a bit, with the result that you eat less than you probably would have without that bouquet being there.

Think about it: does the smell of rose-scented beef chili sound appetizing?

Smell and taste, as we know, are intimately linked. Together, they compose what we understand as flavor. To reinforce this concept, all you have to do is hold your nose for a few seconds while eating, say, an orange.  With the nose closed, you get a limited taste of the fruit. Now unclip your nose, and you can experience the fruit in all its citrusy glory!

Over time, we have learned to associate certain flavors as compatible and expected. French fries, popcorn, garlicky pasta, for example. Now mix these smells with odors that don’t combine well, and you will find that your appetite is beginning to dip.

That’s what happens when you place flowers on the table. The floral fragrance is inconsistent with the smell of food, so it reduces your desire to eat. The effect of mismatched smells on appetite has been suggested by a New York study by Brian Wansink, Ph. D., author of “Mindless Eating: Why we eat more than we think.” In this study, participants were divided into two groups: one was served plain oatmeal with apple and cinnamon, and the second was given oatmeal that smelled like macaroni and cheese. Those in the first group ate much more than those in the second, because their appetite rose when presented with the familiar breakfasty smell.

So if you are trying to cut down on the amount you eat, try gifting yourself a fragrant bouquet and place it on your dining table.

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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8:43PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

great--ty

5:41AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Seriously? Put flowers that were alive, then cut, on the table- to be fit? >

5:45PM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

ty

8:34AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

Seriously?

6:14AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

It takes more than a bouquet to stay fit.

11:57PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Wow. It could be tried but may be not with flowers, they don't deserve to be cut. Maybe Vick's vapor rub or something like that. Thanks!

11:17PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Thanks....That is really interesting !

7:42PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Hmmm. Really?

5:55PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Interesting

2:26PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

thanks

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