Eating food with your hands makes it taste better, a study shows - but beware, it also makes you eat more.
Being able to physically touch the food enhances the brain's sensory perceptions, scientists said. This means that even before food reaches the mouth, touching it makes the brain think it is tastier and more satisfying than it would be if using cutlery.
But researchers found that the effects were only present in people who typically restrict their diet. People who tend to eat what they want did not find food tastier if they held it first.
Stevens University in New York, asked 45 volunteers to look at a cube of Muenster cheese before holding it and then eating it. Half of the participants held the food on a cocktail stick, while the other half held it with their fingers.
Participants who said they normally have ahigh level of self-control over what they eat thought the cheese was tastier if they held it.
The findings were not seen in those who reported a low level of control when eating, even when they held the cheese with their fingers. The findings were published in the Journal of Retailing.
For people who regularly control their food consumption, direct touch triggers an enhanced sensory response, making food more desirable and appealing.
perception [pərˈsepʃn] n. 感觉;洞察力;看法
cutlery [ˈkʌtləri] n. 餐具
desirable [dɪˈzaɪərəbl] adj. 令人满意的;令人向往的