The nose knows the fat content of food, researchers find

01/27/2014 | FoodNavigator

A series of experiments by U.S.-based researchers indicates people of various cultures can reliably assess the fat content of food by smell alone. "Over all three experiments, results clearly demonstrated that humans were able to detect minute differences between milk samples with varying grades of fat, even when embedded within a milk odor," Monell Center scientists wrote in PLoS One. The findings could lead to the use of fat odors to make low-fat foods more enticing to consumers, the authors suggest.

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