As my wife can attest to, this little cup of heaven is one thing I can’t pass up. Even after two helpings on Thanksgiving, I will devour Blue Bell ice cream. Done and done.
But why keep eating when I’ve already satisfied my body’s nutritional needs? Recent research from the lab of Dr. Palmiero Monteleone at University of Naples SUN in Italy, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, shows that this pleasure eating stimulates reward systems in your brain to keep you coming back for more.
One of my favorite things in the world is coming home after having a brisket cooking all day long. Really, it’s the same with any savory treat that cooks all day. The smell is amazing and the food’s never ready soon enough. Truly mouth-watering.
New research led by Dr Rene A de Wijk of the Top Institute Food and Nutrition in the Netherlands suggests that aromas may have an even more profound effect. The study, published in March in the journal Flavour, explains how the aroma of your food affects how big of a bite you take. Continue reading →