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Non-food odorants reduce chocolate cravings

School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia.
Appetite (Impact Factor: 2.52). 03/2012; 58(3):1087-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.03.002
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ABSTRACT The present study compared the relative effectiveness of simple, commercially available food and non-food olfactory tasks on chocolate craving reduction. Chocolate cravings were induced by a series of coloured photographs and 67 undergraduate women were asked to smell one of three odours (green apple, jasmine, or water). The non-food odorant (jasmine) significantly reduced chocolate cravings relative to both the food and control odorants. Thus simple non-food odorants offer potential scope as a technique for curbing unwanted food cravings.

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