7 Ways to Make Things Taste Better (with Zero Extra Effort)
Here's what a few unusual taste perception experiments found about getting more bang for your bite.
Give Your Tableware More Gravitas
First, swap your flimsy utensils for solid, heavier stainless steel ones
. You may enjoy your food more—just as yogurt tasters did in a study at the University of Oxford. Then try heavier tableware: When people ate from a weighty bowl (held in one hand), they liked their food more than when eating it from an identical-looking medium or lightweight one
. Subconsciously, heft makes us think "expensive" (and superior), a judgment that transfers to the meal. Bonus insight: Heavier dishes and bowls—made of porcelain, for instance—also trick your brain into thinking the food is denser and more filling, so you may eat less.