How To Lose Weight? Spices And Passions, Or What Is Sensory Saturation?

Imagine two situations: in the first one, you are served a salad with fresh colorful vegetables that you love, freshly cooked meat with grilled vegetables that smell good, you are in no hurry, listening to pleasant music, looking at the view from the window of the summer terrace; and situation number two: you are eating a large burger with fries on the go during your lunch break.

And now the question: “what kind of food will make you want to eat again in an hour?” So why after a burger and fries? If we take into account the energy value, this is a much more caloric meal.

Humans have the following senses: taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing.

Through the senses, a person perceives the world and receives information about the environment. When a person tastes food, he or she receives a lot of information about the food. In particular, we distinguish between the following types of taste: sour, salty, sweet, bitter, and protein foods (umami receptors), and heat receptors determine the temperature of food.

A variety of foods, so to speak, gives us a feeling of sensory satiety, fullness, and pleasure. The more senses are involved, the faster the sensory satiety will occur. Good restaurants skillfully use different attractions to create the necessary aura around the food.

To be honest, in our example of two meals, it’s not just about the taste, smell, and appearance of the food. The structure of the food, the amount of fiber and water, and the availability of carbohydrates (high glycemic index) also play a role, but we all love going to our favorite cozy cafe or restaurant where our favorite dish is prepared. Don’t we?

So, a person should enjoy eating! Not only do we eat proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, we get information about food and the environment, and as a result, we develop positive emotions and a sense of satisfaction. We trust life more, that everything will be fine!

Eat me, drink me, crazy.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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