Do you know that the weight of your silverware can determine how much you eat? You will be surprised that there are a number of weird things that affect your eating habits.
The Kind of Music You’re Listening To
If you’re the type of person who plays music during fancy dinner parties, know that listening to soundscapes with lots of tinkling, high-pitched notes can accentuate your perception of sweetness by up to 10 percent.
The Type of Eating Utensil You Use
One study found that cheese was rated saltiest when sampled from a knife, compared to a spoon, fork, or toothpick. The unusual behaviour of inserting a knife into the mouth to taste the cheese perhaps accounted for the weird taste.
The colour Of The Food
If the colour of the food you are eating is artificially modified, it could throw off your brain entirely.
A study conducted on 54 students at the University of Bordeaux in 2001 and which used red-wine terms such as chicory, coal, prune, and tobacco to describe a white wine that had been dyed red; found that when they tried the same wine in its natural colour, the students described it as honey, lemon, and straw.
The Language With Which Your Menu Is Written
Reading a mouth-watering description of a food on your menu could help you savour it more. A particular study found that when a menu item was described as a “Succulent Italian Seafood Filet” rather than a simple “Seafood Filet” its sales increased by 28 percent, and it was rated as tastier—even though the recipe was the same.
The colour of the food’s packaging
7-Up was one of the first brands to discover that consumers can quite literally taste colour. As far back as the 1930s, experimented with the colour of the brand’s green and yellow can. When designers added 15 percent more yellow to it, consumers thought that the recipe had been altered to include more lemon.
A similar situation played out with Coca-Cola when it decided to sell its signature Coke in white cans instead of red ones. Consumers said the Coke tasted different, despite the company stating that the recipe was the same.
The material of your eating utensils
One study found that yogurt was rated as more expensive and denser when it was tasted from a light plastic spoon, rather than an artificially weighted plastic spoon.
Another study found that food tastes best on gold and stainless steel cutlery. It turns out, silver simply leaves a bad metallic taste in the mouth.