A recent article in Popular Science got us thinking about all the things that influence the way food tastes that aren’t, you know, taste.
It seems to us that sheer volume, as Cookie Monster is experiencing above, can almost make something seem tastier: What’s cooler than seeing a huge pork shoulder set out to enjoy family-style, or a big turkey on Thanksgiving? But there’s no real science there. Here are taste-influencers the facts actually back up:
Author Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic, whose book “Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater’s Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate” chronicles her quest to become a more open-minded eater, did some research and learned that it really does matter what other kids bring to school (and personally remembers a cool kid named Angela making both string cheese and pomegranates popular). She cites a 2008 article in the scientific journal “Appetite” to back it all up.
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