According to the study, recently published in Cell Metabolism, our body’s sense of smell may actually be tied to a body storing or burning fat consumed.
To conduct the study, scientists divided mice into three separate groups – a control group, a group with mice which had their sense of smell temporarily disabled and a group with “super smelling ability.” All were fed a high-fat diet but researchers found that the mice that could not smell the food did not gain nearly as much weight as those with the superior sense of smell — even though they were fed the exact same diet. And, when the mice that gained the most weight had their sense of smell disabled, they lost all the weight, even though they kept eating the fattening food.
Delicious smelling food certainly has the power to adjust eating patterns. That appetizing smell wafting out of a bakery has the tendency to lure us in for a cookie that we might not have went for otherwise. “Often patients who lose their sense of smell due to stroke or as a result of a chronic disease such as Parkinson’s will also lose their desire to eat,” Alix Turoff, MS, RD, CDN of Top Balance Nutrition in New York City told TODAY Food.