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You Might Get Fat Just By Smelling Your Food

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The nose’s olfactory receptors are stimulated when we smell food and other odors. But could the process of smelling cause weight gain?

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Smelling your food makes you fat

“The findings suggest that the odor of what we eat may play an important role in how the body deals with calories. If you can’t smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it.”

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“Taste, vision and hearing can be quantified, but a systematic description of smell has remained elusive. Now, researchers have used mathematics to describe odors systematically and simplify them into 10 categories: fragrant, woody/resinous, fruity (non-citrus), chemical, minty/peppermint, sweet, popcorn, lemon, pungent and decayed.”

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