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Monday, June 5, 2017

STICK A FORK INTO IT

(Flavour) It's not just your imagination. Eating food with a heavy silver fork or a plastic utensil does make what you're eating taste better or worse. The shape, color, size and weight of the cutlery you use has an effect on the food's flavor, according to researchers from the University of Oxford in England.

Cutlery shape
Cheese tastes saltier when eaten from a knife rather than a fork, spoon or toothpick.

Cutlery color
A white plastic spoon, rather than a black spoon, not only makes white yogurt taste better and sweeter, but also makes the texture seem denser. However, black plastic spoons make pink yogurt taste better.

Cutlery size
Food tastes sweeter on small spoons that are traditionally used to serve desserts.

Cutlery weight
When the weight of the cutlery conforms to expectations, it impacts how the food tastes. Specifically, heavier cutlery, such as silver, is associated with better food.

How can this be? The brain makes judgments about food before it even goes in your mouth. "How we experience food is a multisensory experience involving taste, feel of the food in our mouths, aroma and the feasting of our eyes," Oxford's Dr. Charles Spence told the BBC News. "Even before we put food into our mouths our brains have made a judgment about it, which affects our overall experience."

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