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Researchers at the University of Oxford, England are studying how we perceive the taste of food based on the cutlery we use to eat it.
In a study using 100 students, the researchers conducted three experiments looking at the influence of weight, color and shape of cutlery on taste.
Results revealed some very interesting findings such as yogurt tasting sweeter when served on white spoons versus black ones, and cheese tasting saltier when served on a knife compared to a fork, spoon or toothpick. Food was also perceived as sweeter when served on small spoons that are traditionally used to serve desserts rather than large ones.
“How we experience food is a multisensory experience involving taste, feel of the food in our mouths, aroma, and the feasting of our eyes.” said Professor Charles Spence and Dr. Vanessa Harrar.
“Even before we put food into our mouths, our brains have made a judgment about it, which affects our overall experience.”
This new research may prove very useful in changing how overweight and obese people perceive food and help modify their eating habits. “It may also help to improve your gastronomic experiences at restaurants,” said Professor Spence.