Anyone who’s ever had a cold knows that smell affects taste. But new research suggests it also affects weight retention.
University of California boffins altered the genes of some mice so they were unable to smell. They fed them the same amount as a nasally able group, who piled on the ounces, while the sans-scent-squeakers did not.
The scientists believe the smell of food can make the body store calories, and that it may be possible to develop a drug to change this. Until then, it’s clothes peg on the nose time, dieters.