New research, published in the journal Food Quality and Preference, has shown that those who listen to themselves chew consume less than those who eat with music or the sound of the TV drowning out their eating sounds.
This so called ‘crunch effect’, makes you more conscious of what you are eating.
Ryan Elder, the study author from Brigham Young University (BYU) had this to say about the findings:
“Sound is typically labeled as the forgotten food sense, but if people are more focused on the sound the food makes, it could reduce consumption.”
What occurred in the study?
During the study the scientists at BYU and at Colorado State University (CSU) carried out 3 separate experiments.
- Those who were asked to think about eating sounds ate less
- Those who ate fewest were those who had the most intense eating sounds
- Finally, those who had the eating sounds masked by music, who ate the most
The scientists discovered that those who were listening to the loud music consumed 4 pretzels, while those without the distraction ate just 2.75 pretzels on average.
“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.”
“The effects may not seem huge – one less pretzel – but over the course of a week, month or year, it could really add up.”
We have mentioned previously the importance of mindful eating, and this research is just one stage of it.
The next time you sit down for a meal, perhaps switch off all of those distractions, your phone, tablet or TV, and sit at the table while eating your meal.
Those distractions have been proven to cause you to consume more, so if you are looking to lose a few pounds this simple tip is a good way to cut both your portion size and overall calorie intake.