Want to lose weight? Listen to the sound of chewing

New York, March 16 (IANS) If you want to eat less, pull out your earbuds, stop the music system and switch off the television before heading to the dining table, and tune into the sweet sound of your food while it is being chewed.

Researchers have found that the noise your food makes while you are eating can have a significant effect on how much food you eat.

Therefore, watching loud TV or listening to loud music while eating can mask eating sounds that keep you in check.

“If people are more focused on the sound the food makes, it could reduce consumption,” said one of the researchers Ryan Elder, assistant professor of marketing at Brigham Young University in Utah, US.

The study was published in the journal Food Quality and Preference.

The researchers carried out three separate experiments on the effect of that “food sound salience”.

In one of the experiments, the researchers discovered that people eat less when the sound of the food is more intense.

In that study, the researchers compared how much participants ate while listening to loud music to those who were not disturbed by music while eating their snacks.

They found that the louder noise masked the sound of chewing and that group ate more — four pretzels compared to 2.75 pretzels for the “quiet” group.

“When you mask the sound of consumption, like when you watch TV while eating, you take away one of those senses and it may cause you to eat more than you would normally,” Elder said.

“The effects many not seem huge — one less pretzel — but over the course of a week, month, or year, it could really add up,” Elder explained.

The findings suggest that being more mindful of not just the taste and physical appearance of food, but also of the sound it makes can help in “nudge” consumers to eat less.

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1 Comment

  1. Florecita
    March 17, 2016 at 9:34 pm Reply

    I agree with the article that when we eat we need to be focused on the meal. If we’re watching TV or using computer during the meal we will eat more because we don’t pay attention on food. I’ve also found a website where you can know nutritional benefits of healthy food on wellmeal.co and we can as well eat nice and healthy food without gaining weight.

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