Monday, June 24, 2013

Does the color of your fork or plate matter?

According to a story in Flavour, a professional journal, the appearance of cutlery can affect what you think a certain food tastes like.

If eaten off a knife, food tastes saltier. Use a light plastic spoon and an item seems denser and more expensive.

According to this, the crockery also has an effect, according to researchers at the Univ of Oxford.

A beverage in a cool-colored glass seem more refreshing.

The weight of a plate can make a food seem denser or tastier.

The lighter the spoon or fork, the denser the food seems.

White yogurt from a white spoon--sweeter, better tasting. Pink yogurt from a white spoon--less so. 

Cheese from a knife, spoon, fork or toothpick--the knife tasted best. (Who eats from a knife--I once cut myself that way.)

Dr Vanessa Harrar and Prof Charles Spence, who performed this study, explain, "How we experience food is a multisensory experience involving taste, feel of the food in our mouths, aroma, and the feasting of our eyes. Even before we put food into our mouths our brains have made a judgment about it, which affects our overall experience."

So what--you say? I dunno, just interesting. They say it could affect whether people add salt to their meals. I used to wonder about that china with the dead pheasants on it--painted on...but I guess that is a different subject.

Also--who has white and black spoons--aren't most silvery?

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