Music changes the perception of food. According to research from the University of Arkansas (USA), published in the journal Appetite, jazz makes the chocolate taste more pleasant. Another study on the relationship between sounds and food, this time from the University of Oxford (GB) goes further, to the point of arguing that music can even help us lose weight.
Here because. the notes “replace” the caloric ingredients «Hearing, at the table, is at least as important as taste, because the ear "communicates" with the taste buds and influences their perception», Says Dr. , nutritionist biologist (nutritionism). Experts have observed, for example, that the high but melodious sounds of the piano are ideal for replacing sugar.
The reason? They make us perceive foods that are up to 10% sweeter. The effect is multiplied if the symphony also includes low notes produced by brass instruments which, on the other hand, are able to attenuate the bitter flavors. Music, in practice, "deceives" the brain.
HARMONIC SOUNDS MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD
"Listening to a song also helps you lose weight for another reason: increases the dopamine level, our pleasure neurotransmitter », explains Dr. . «Authoritative research, including a study by McGill University in Montreal (Canada) has shown that, precisely because music improves our emotional state, we are not assailed by nervous hunger and we gladly accept to give up the foods that make us fat.
THE CLASSIC MAKES YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Mozart, Bach and Chopin are the best diners: they relax and induce you to chew more slowly, therefore to eat less. This does not happen, however, with rock or heavy metal which, not surprisingly, are often chosen as a background in fast food. "But it's also a matter of personal taste: everyone must identify the notes that make him feel good»Advises our expert.
BUT THE VOLUME MUST BE LOW
The song should not be "shot" too hardotherwise, as a research by the Université de Bretagne-Sud (France) has shown, there is the risk of obtaining the opposite effect: gorging oneself more, in response to the stress produced by excessive noise.
MELODY IS SERVED
It is entitled Music on ... the table. The recipes of the great musicians the country (EurArte editions, 22 €). It is a book written by maestro Ennio Cominetti, organist and choir director, and soprano Clara Bertella. It collects the dishes that great musicians such as Rossini, Verdi and Bellini offered to their guests (or that they particularly liked). Experimented by starred chefs, including Bernard Fournier ed Ettore Bocchia.