Smelling Fat

Can you smell the difference between regular and low-fat ice cream? Sounds odd, but researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, found in a recent study that the nose can actually identify which foods are the fattiest.

Lead author Johan Lundstroem believes that our ancestors may have used smell to determine which foods they should eat. Finding foods high in fat would have been extremely beneficial.

The study was published by PloS ONE journal in January.

What are your thoughts on these new findings? Do you think you could smell the difference between low-fat and regular ice cream? What about differences in sour cream? Cheese? Chips? 


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