Throw away the cutlery! Eating with your HANDs ‘improves the texture and taste of food’, says scientist
- Professor Charles Spence says giving up cutlery is the secret to enjoying food
- He says eating with our hands ‘can improve the dining experience’
- This even applies to messy meals like pasta and curries
Those in favor of etiquette should now look away.
That’s because we’ve all been eating the wrong way and should be eating with our hands, according to a psychologist.
Professor Charles Spence, of the University of Oxford, said giving up cutlery is the secret to enjoying food.
He says eating with our hands can “improve the dining experience” — even for meals like pasta and messy curries.
Those in favor of etiquette should now look away. That’s because we all ate wrong and according to a psychologist should eat with our hands
Why you should eat with your mouth open
Meat, fruits and vegetables contain volatile organic compounds such as esters, ketones, terpenoids and aldehydes.
These form the characteristic aromas of the food and contribute to their taste.
The joints can better reach the back of the nose when chewing with the mouth open.
When they hit the back of the nose, olfactory sensory neurons are activated that connect directly to the brain and enhance our eating experience.
“Eating with your hands has been scientifically proven to improve the texture and taste of food, as well as a whole host of health benefits,” he said.
“It’s something more people should know and work with.
Many of the world’s most popular foods are eaten with your hands – think burgers, tacos, tortillas, wraps and wings, so why can’t other foods be just as good?
‘Eating with our hands helps us to be more aware of what we eat and improve our dining experience, rather than just using thoughtless cutlery as we always do.
“The fork gets in the way and separates you from your senses.”
Meanwhile, a survey shows that a quarter of people in Britain would give up the knife, fork and spoon for a more hands-on experience.
Of the 2,500 people who took part in the study, 19 percent said they felt “more relaxed” when they ate with their hands, while one in 10 said it made the meal even tastier.
However, it found that the majority of people are still reluctant to try it, out of concern about how others will react.
Online restaurant reservation platform The forkwho conducted the study have launched the UK’s first-ever ‘eat with your hands’ dining experience across 20 London restaurants.
A survey shows that a quarter of people in Britain would like to drop the knife, fork and spoon for a more hands-on experience
Earlier this year, Professor Charles Spence said the best way to maximize pleasure is to eat “outdated” ways and embrace food with the mouth open.
Earlier this year, Professor Spence said it’s the best way to get maximum enjoyment out of eating.
“Parents teach their children manners and extol the virtues of chewing politely with our mouths closed,” he said.
“But chewing with an open mouth can actually help release more of the volatile organic compounds, which contribute to our sense of smell and overall perception.”
Meat, fruits and vegetables all contain volatile organic compounds such as esters, ketones, terpenoids and aldehydes, which form the characteristic aromas and contribute to the taste of the food.
By chewing with the mouth open, more of these connections reach the back of the nose, activating the olfactory sensory neurons that connect directly to the brain and improve our eating experience, said Professor Spence.
Robochef learns to ‘taste’ food at different stages of the chewing process to check if it is salty enough
A robotic chef is trained to ‘taste’ food at different stages of the chewing process – just like humans do.
The machine, made at the University of Cambridge, consists of a probe that can detect salt levels in food attached to the end of a robotic arm.
Experts used the robot to taste scrambled eggs during various stages of chewing, including a running liquid as it would appear just before swallowing.
According to the scientists, robot chefs who ‘taste’ dishes instead of humans could be a fixture in the busy restaurant kitchens of the future.
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