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Record number 505078
Title Food aroma affects bite size
Author(s) Wijk, R.A. de; Polet, I.A.; Boek, W.; Coenraad, S.; Bult, J.H.F.
Source Flavour 1 (2012). - ISSN 2044-7248
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/2044-7248-1-3
Department(s) FBR Consumer Science & Health
VLAG
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Abstract Background
To evaluate the effect of food aroma on bite size, a semisolid vanilla custard dessert was delivered repeatedly into the mouth of test subjects using a pump while various concentrations of cream aroma were presented retronasally to the nose. Termination of the pump, which determined bite size, was controlled by the subject via a push button. Over 30 trials with 10 subjects, the custard was presented randomly either without an aroma, or with aromas presented below or near the detection threshold.

Results
Results for ten subjects (four females and six males), aged between 26 and 50 years, indicated that aroma intensity affected the size of the corresponding bite as well as that of subsequent bites. Higher aroma intensities resulted in significantly smaller sizes.

Conclusions
These results suggest that bite size control during eating is a highly dynamic process affected by the sensations experienced during the current and previous bites.
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