THE NIGELLA EF­FECT

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

Nigella Law­son fa­mously once said loud res­tau­rant mu­sic drowns out the taste of food — and it turns out sound does in­flu­ence taste.

But re­search shows it works both ways. For ex­am­ple, you might find your­self or­der­ing paella when you hear Span­ish fla­menco, or the more you like cer­tain mu­sic, the more you’ll like the food.

The emerg­ing field of ‘sonic sea­son­ing’ uses mu­sic to ac­cen­tu­ate tastes, flavours or tex­tures. Think of sound as the ‘for­got­ten sense’.

We as­so­ciate high-pitched sounds with sweet­ness, and low-pitched ones with a bit­ter taste — use­ful on a plane where food loses 30 per cent of its taste.

So, the next time you’re host­ing friends for dinner, you might also want to think about the sound­track you’ll be lis­ten­ing to!

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