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Our Relationships Affect How Food Tastes, Says Study

Here's how.


By Suzannah Weiss, TeenVogue

Who you're dating can affect a lot of things, from your mood to how you spend your free time. But a new study in Appetite shows that our influence on our partners can go even deeper than that, actually affecting our sense of taste and smell, Time reports.
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The researchers studied 100 couples who had been dating for between three months and 45 years. They had them smell a bunch of different foods and other scented things, like rose, green apple, pear, and coconut. They also sprayed water on their tongues, each flavored with a different taste category: sweet, salty, sour, umami, and bitter. Then, people rated how much they liked each of the smells and tastes.

The more time two people had spent as a couple, the more similar their preferences for both taste and smell. This happened to the same extent regardless of how happy people were in their relationships.
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The paper theorizes that people's tastes grow more similar over time because when two people spend a lot of time together, they end up eating the same things. "As partners share household (including kitchen and fridge) and a significant proportion of meals, they are much likely to eat similar types of food," the authors write. And that might be a good thing. After all, it means fewer fights over where you go to dinner.

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