First, we use our sense of #sight
to appreciate how a meal is presented, either on a dinner plate or a dining table. Our sense of #touch
can also be important when preparing or sharing food.
Next, with our sense of #smell
, we breathe in the mouth-watering aromas rising up from the meal. Finally, we enjoy and perhaps even savor the food with our sense of #taste
But what about our sense of #hearing
? Does sound also affect our dining experience?
A new report answers, ‘yes,’ it does.
Hearing is often called “the forgotten food sense," says Ryan Elder.
Elder is an assistant professor of marketing at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. He says that if people notice the sound the food makes as they eat it, they might eat less.On the other hand, watching loud television or listening to loud music while eating can hide such noises. And this could lead to overeating.
The researchers admit that the effects may not seem like much at one meal. But over a week, a month, or a year, all that food can really add up.
But besides not overeating, there is another upside.
Hearing the noises of your meal as you eat, could help you to be more mindful of the experience and perhaps help you to enjoy it more.