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Stop pesky food cravings with just a whiff

Posted at 8:11 AM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 09:11:17-04

Surveys show that almost 100% of young women, and 70% of young men report having food cravings. If you give in, these cravings can ruin your healthy eating plans, but there are some simple ways to stop the bad habits.

Now, a new study by the University of South Florida shows there might be a simple way to resist your temptations. Researchers found simply smelling a food may do the trick.

They exposed participants to the scents of both healthy and unhealthy foods. Results showed when people smelled unhealthy foods like cookies or pizza for less than 30 seconds, they were more likely to want those items. But when they were exposed for longer than two minutes, they didn’t find the cookie or pizza desirable. They instead chose to eat strawberries or apples.

Drink a large glass of water and then wait a few minutes. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. According to Healthline, eating a high-protein breakfast can reduce cravings throughout the day. And taking a spinach extract supplement with a meal may reduce appetite and cravings for several hours.

Researchers believe that smelling the scent of a certain food helps satisfy a craving because your brain doesn’t differentiate between the source of the sensory pleasure.