According to various studies, eating food with your hands makes the whole experience more enjoyable.
According to a study published in the Journal of Retail, when an individual eats food with their hands, it makes the food not only tastier but also makes you satisfied.
This process also helps a person to eat more than eating food with a knife.
Researcher Adriana Madzharov from the Stevens Institute of Technology in the US said: “Our results suggest that for people who regularly control their food consumption, direct touch triggers a sensory response. enhanced perception, making food more appealing and appealing.”
In his first experiment, Madzharov had 45 university students visually examine and evaluate a block of Muenster cheese, hold it before eating, and then ask them to answer questions about eating behavior. mine.
Half of the participants used a fork and sampled a block of cheese with an appetizer while the other half sampled a block of cheese without the tongs. Initially, the two groups did not show any difference.
The researchers found that the participants reported high levels of self-control when consuming the food – those who reported being able to resist delicious food and were conscious of what and how much they eat – when using their hands the cheese is tastier and more appetizing.
Even when Madzharov manipulated participants’ thoughts about self-control, goals, and food consumption, the findings persisted, suggesting that a high degree of self-control affects how people people perceive food when they touch it directly — to indicate whether self-control is real or prime.
In the second experiment, the researchers split a new group of 145 undergraduate students into two groups. The first group was asked to imagine that they had decided to be more careful with their diet and cut down on overeating to achieve their long-term goal of being fit and healthy. Second, they decided to worry less about their weight all the time and allow themselves to indulge in delicious food more often to enjoy life and experience its pleasures.
All the participants were given a plastic cup with four small donuts inside – only half of them were allowed to use their hands, while the rest used a pickaxe. As in the first experiment, the participants were then asked to visually examine and rate the mini donuts for hedonic qualities such as texture, freshness, quality, and nutrition. The researcher also instructed them to report their concentration and attention while eating the mini donuts to measure mindfulness and sensory experiences.
The study found that when participants were prepared with a mindset of self-control (versus indulgence), they rated the sampled food more positively than when they touched the food directly. It also suggests that the mechanism driving this effect is the enhanced sensory experiences that participants reported under direct touch or self-control conditions.
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