New York : Believe it! Humans can smell whether the food on the dining table or in a restaurant is low or high on fat.
New research reveals humans can use the sense of smell to detect dietary fat in food reported IANS.
However, it remains unclear which sensory systems contribute to this ability.
“That we have the ability to detect and discriminate minute differences in the fat content of our food suggests that this ability must have had considerable evolutionary importance,” said senior author Johan Lundström, a cognitive neuroscientist at Monell Chemical Senses Centre in the US.
The researchers added that fat detection via smell would have the advantage of identifying food sources from a distance.
To understand this, they asked participants to smell milk containing an amount of fat.