The smell of jasmine significantly reduced chocolate cravings. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Non-food odorants reduce chocolate cravings.
Appetite. 2012 Mar 9. Epub 2012 Mar 9. PMID: 22407134
School of Psychology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia.
The present study compared the relative effectiveness of simple, commercially available food and non-food olfactory tasks on chocolate craving reduction. Chocolate cravings were induced by a series of coloured photographs and 67 undergraduate women were asked to smell one of three odours (green apple, jasmine, or water). The non-food odorant (jasmine) significantly reduced chocolate cravings relative to both the food and control odorants. Thus simple non-food odorants offer potential scope as a technique for curbing unwanted food cravings.