ePaper

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Just smelling food can make you gain weight

  • Print
Researchers at UC-Berkeley say they’ve made a “really novel” discovery that smelling food before eating it could cause weight gain. In a Cell Metabolism article published last week, the team writes that the body’s sense of smell seems tied to its decision to store fat instead of burn it off. Their study was conducted on mice only (so apply all the standard disclaimers), but the correlation was still pretty remarkable. In short, three groups of mice — a regular set, a set whose sense of smell was briefly disabled, and a third set of “super-smellers” — were all fed what the authors call a high-fat “Burger King diet,” but the mice with messed-up olfactory systems barely gained any weight at all, especially compared to the other groups.

The normal mice literally doubled in size as they worked their way through this all-Whopper-style meal plan, while the mice that couldn’t smell only put on 10 percent more weight. Also, fat mice would shrink back to appropriate size once their sense of smell got wiped out — they didn’t change their diet, and the lost weight was virtually all from fat.

The researchers found it all pretty exciting, and add that their trick could even theoretically work on humans. People could have their sense of smell temporarily paused, fooling the brain into burning calories instead of storing them up in the body. However, they’re quick to note that “there are risks,” the big one being that it turns eating food into a task as mundane as refueling a car, since the person would effectively taste nothing. “People that don’t have a sense of smell can get depressed,” the lead researcher explains. “They lose all pleasure of eating.”

More News For this Category

McDonald's introduces mobile lockers to put phone away

| By Asian Age Online
When was the last time you had a meal with someone without spending time texting someone else?
McDonald's introduces mobile lockers to put phone away

Ivanka, Trudeau continue their chummy relationship

| By Asian Age Online
Ivanka Trump and Justin Trudeau made another memorable appearance together Tuesday night at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and Gala  in Washington, D.C. 
Ivanka, Trudeau continue their chummy relationship

Drinking plenty of water helps prevent UTIs in women

| By Asian Age Online
American researchers may have found a simple way to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), finding that drinking an additional three pints (or 1.42 liters) of
Drinking plenty of water helps prevent UTIs in women

6 things never stop asking for in your relationship

| By Asian Age Online
Relationships are give and take. You give your time, thoughts, consideration, care and love to your partner — and then you expect something in
6 things never stop asking for in your relationship

Gender of Ronaldo's unborn baby 'REVEALED'

| By Asian Age Online
The gender of Cristiano Ronaldo's unborn baby has been accidentally revealed.Girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez 's dance
Gender of Ronaldo's unborn baby 'REVEALED'

Tattoos move into cultural mainstream

| By Asian Age Online
Mothers shopping with teenage children and parents pushing baby buggies joined the crowds of body art enthusiasts at this weekend's annual London Tattoo Convention,
Tattoos move into cultural mainstream

How to recharge when you have a 9 to 9 job

| By Asian Age Online
There are 9 to 5 jobs and then, there are jobs that start when you wake up and go on until your head hits
How to recharge when you have a 9 to 9 job

Etiquettes for peaceful journey on air

| By Asian Age Online
Avoid carrying your luggage or handbag on the sides or storing your bags in a vertical position instead of horizontal for a smooth flight,
Etiquettes for peaceful journey on air

'Fashion doesn't need to kill animals'

| By Asian Age Online
British fashion designer Julien MacDonald has apologised for using fur in his past collections - raising a hot topic that returned to rock London
'Fashion doesn't need to kill animals'

Oops! Wedding guests in fashion faux pas

| By Asian Age Online
For many women, turning up to a 'do' in the same dress as someone else would be crushing, but when you find five other
Oops! Wedding guests in fashion faux pas

© 2017 The Asian Age