Smell of food can influence feeling of fullness

December 30, 2009 9:05:10 AM PST
Do you love the smell of great food? Researchers in the Netherlands suggest that sensation could actually help you lose weight.Everyone knows great scents can arouse the appetite. But, apparently, molecules that make up a food's aroma can also activate areas of the brain that trigger the feeling of fullness.

Among the results: scents linked with carbohydrates and protein significantly increased the feeling of fullness.

These findings could help researchers develop a new generation of foods that fight overeating and obesity.

The findings are published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.