Blame noisy engines for bad airline food

10/14/2010 | BBC

Background noise may affect the way people perceive tastes and textures in food, according to British researchers. They asked a group of taste testers to rate a variety of foods while listening to white noise on headphones. The subjects reported that flavors such as sweet and salty were harder to detect as the noise increased. The finding could help explain why airline food has a reputation for being so unpalatable, one researcher says.

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