Mouth-watering aromas could have you eating less—and slashing unwanted pounds!
So much for the idea that the smell of food makes you hungry. New research from the Netherlands found that the more aromatic a food is, the less of it you eat. When Dutch scientists exposed subjects to varying strengths of custard aroma and instructed them to eat at their discretion, participants who ate while smelling the richest, strongest aroma consumed the smallest amounts of custard. According to the study authors, even a slight increase in a food’s aroma can make a difference in the amount that you voluntarily consume. To help curb appetite, stock up on calorie-free aromatic seasonings, like cayenne, which also contains capsaicin, a powerful thermogenic (fat-burning) compound.