The crunch sound you make when you are eating might be helping you losing weight, says a new study published in the journal Food Quality and Preference. So, you better not be listening to music or watching the TV when you’re having your meals!
Listening to yourself crunching your food might be keeping those extra kilos away, says a team of researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) and Colorado State University (CSU).
The latter have found that the noise one makes when eating is likely to be linked with how much food one ends up eating. The ‘crunch-crunch’ makes a person more conscious of the sound such that he has a greater chance of eating less. Furthermore, the more intense is the sound, the less would people eat. On the other hand, those listening to louder music would eat more. Given these findings, listening to loud music or TV will veil the eating sounds that are apparently meant to prevent us from overconsumption.
Coauthor of the study, Gina Mohr from CSU, says that food sound has not been considered as “an important sensory cue” it actually is, as food sound being prominent is a way to monitor one’s food consumption.
It is to be noted that the ‘crunch effect’, as they call it, would apply to the sound of mastication, and not the particular sound of potato chips or cereals, for instance.
Another finding of the team is that even prompting someone to think of eating sounds might help decrease the consumption thereof.
This study is further testimony to how our body has been endowed with in-built mechanisms to help us function properly, to monitor what we consume, and to protect us from harming ourselves. Don’t forget to be heedful to the sound of your food being smashed down by your teeth and cheeks next time you eat, and not just to its taste and appearance!