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Appetite. 2012 Jun;58(3):1087-90. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.03.002. Epub 2012 Mar 9.

Non-food odorants reduce chocolate cravings.

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School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia. Eva.Kemps@flinders.edu.au

Abstract

The present study compared the relative effectiveness of simple, commercially available food and non-food olfactory tasks on chocolate craving reduction. Chocolate cravings were induced by a series of coloured photographs and 67 undergraduate women were asked to smell one of three odours (green apple, jasmine, or water). The non-food odorant (jasmine) significantly reduced chocolate cravings relative to both the food and control odorants. Thus simple non-food odorants offer potential scope as a technique for curbing unwanted food cravings.

PMID:
22407134
DOI:
10.1016/j.appet.2012.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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