Scents-able Diets

DietIt is a common fact that our ability to taste is disproportionately based on our ability to smell. Seventy-five percent of what we eat is enjoyable in flavor due in part by our personal preferences molded by the strength of our olfactory. Using this knowledge, we can employ the senses all around us to either stimulate or prevent the desire to eat. If you struggle with adapting a new diet, cannot shed however many pounds, or need to put on a healthier weight, the problem can be remedied in more ways than ordinarily considered. Scents are powerful tools to assist in less than obvious ways in all manner of life. Some smells can inspire, others can aid in sleep, and many out there will help you the next time you have a food option to weigh.

So what scents can suppress appetite? What will invigorate it? You will be surprised by what you read. Most of these scents are extremely enjoyable to have in the air, nothing nausea-inducing or unpleasant. These particular scents will help the savvy dieter prevent an increase in appetite:

  • Peppermint
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Fennel
  • Patchouli
  • Bergamot
  • Green Apple
  • Banana

These scents will help curb the appetite, but what if you want the opposite effect? Some of these smells will certainly inspire any cravings or hunger, and in fact, countless number of companies enlist the help of these attractive scents to lure consumers in:

  • Cinnamon
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Bacon
  • Coffee
  • Fried or Grilled Foods
  • Baked Sweets such as cookies and pies

As you can see, there are many more ways to create a need to feed. Cancer patients, elderly, and mentally impaired patients can use this as a supplemental treatment if appetite and weight loss becomes an issue. (Emphasis on supplemental; always consult with your physician first.) On the other side of the diet spectrum, scent-appetite suppressors can be especially helpful for people looking for non-invasive approaches to weight-loss. Instead of mystery diet pills, surgery, expensive nutrition systems, try curbing the hunger in other ways.

What do you think? Can aromatherapy help to improve your diet?


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By Rachel Compton

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