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Interesting article in BBC.

Cutlery ‘can influence food taste’ By Helen Briggs, BBC News

Our perception of how food tastes is influenced by cutlery, research suggests.

Size, weight, shape and color all have an effect on flavor, says a University of Oxford team.

The study in the journal Flavour suggests the brain makes judgments on food even before it goes in the mouth.

1. Cheese tastes saltier when eaten from a knife rather than a fork;

2. While white spoons make yogurt taste better, experiments show.

3. Food tasted sweeter on the small spoons that are traditionally used to serve desserts.

4. Color contrast was also an important factor – white yogurt eaten from a white spoon was rated sweeter than white yogurt tasted on a black spoon.

5. Cheese on a knife, tasted saltier than cheese on spoon, fork or toothpick.

6. people generally eat less when food is served on smaller plates.

The new research into how the brain influences food perceptions could help dieters or improve gastronomic experiences at restaurants, said Prof Spence.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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