Alert! Just a smell of food may make you fat


New York, July 6: Food smell makes our taste buds alive and now in the study it is revealed that sense of smell can make you fat as well.

According to an experiment on obese mice, it was seen that lost sense of smell lost weight on a high fat diet while a mice with strong sense of aroma turns double.

The result suggests that there is strong connection between smell system and regions of the brain that regulate metabolism.

“The study shows if we manipulate olfactory inputs we can actually alter how the brain perceives energy balance and how the brain regulates energy balance,” said Celine Riera from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles.

Mice as well as humans when search for food, the body stores calories and then easily burn with time.

“Sensory systems play a role in metabolism. Weight gain isn’t purely a measure of the calories taken in, it’s also related to how those calories are perceived,” explained Andrew Dillin from the University of California, Berkeley.

“If we can validate this in humans, perhaps we can actually make a drug that doesn’t interfere with smell but still blocks that metabolic circuitry. That would be amazing,” Dillin noted.

Wefornews Bureau

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