Sniffing Chips Can Apparently Curb Your Cravings For Them

Honestly, is there really anything better in the world than a bag of hot chips?

We'll answer that one for you, no, there is not.

The only problem is, according to this killjoy, you can't eat too many of them at once.

Well, now scientists have discovered a very simple way to curb those cravings and all you need is your nose.

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According to the team at the University of South Florida, simply having a sniff of the food you're craving will stop you from falling victim to their guilty pleasure.

"Ambient scent can be a powerful tool to resist cravings for indulgent foods," so said the study's lead author Dipayan Biswas.

"In fact, subtle sensory stimuli like scents can be more effective in influencing children’s and adults’ food choices than restrictive policies."

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All that basically means is that people who are exposed to the scent of the unhealthy food they're craving are more likely to eat healthier than those who were not exposed.

For the study, Biswas and his team conducted a group of tests in which they discreetly released the scents of unhealthy food for certain blocks of time -- such as pizza and cookies -- in random settings.

They then did the same thing but reversed the scents with healthy ones -- like apples and strawberries.

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At the end of the trial, the researchers found that those people who were exposed to the scent of cookies for less than 30 seconds were more likely to want a cookie.

But those who got a good whiff of the scent for longer than two minutes no longer found the cookie or the pizza desireable.


Researchers say they're hoping the findings will help lead to new ways to prevent obesity in children.

They wrote: "If structures and areas representing cravings in the brain can be satisfied with olfactory inputs instead of actual gustatory consumption of unhealthy foods, this can help with fighting food urges."

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