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.
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.
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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Love Magazine: Our Relationships Affect How Food Tastes, Says Study
Our Relationships Affect How Food Tastes, Says Study
Here's how.
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