Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Foods Release 'Anti-Hunger' Aromas with Chewing

(Science Daily Summary)

Food. It elicits so many different meanings in each of us, but ultimately, we need food for energy and for life. It can taste so good and evoke so much emotion is us, but we also fear it because of the mindset that 'if it tastes good it's bad for you" and weight will undoubtedly ensue.

Until now, the search has mainly focused on finding or designing foods that trigger a sense of fullness, which stop us from overindulging. According to a new report from the American Chemical Society, researchers are now expanding their focus to include foods that release hunger-quenching aromas during chewing. Molecules that make up a food's aroma apparently do so by activating areas of the brain that signal fullness and stop us from eating. The report suggests several possible applications for these findings, including developing foods that release more aroma during chewing or developing aromas that have a more powerful effect in triggering feelings of fullness.

On one hand we're shifting our focus back towards all-natural, organic, and local ingredients, but on the other hand, with technological advancements, we're coming up with all kinds of supplements, meal replacements and seemingly sci-fi, futuristic foods in pill-form. We want life to be an all-you-can-eat buffet with no consequence or weight gain. Well - the search for that paradoxical 'weight loss food' continues and only the future will tell what 'food' will ultimately mean to us.

From the article "New Weapon in Battle of the Bulge: Food Releases Anti-Hunger Aromas During Chewing" from ScienceDaily (Dec. 16, 2009).