A Weird Way to Trick Yourself Into Making Healthy Food Choices

A Weird Way to Trick Yourself Into Making Healthy Food Choices

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As if you didn’t already have enough weird habits. Researchers at the University de Bourgogne in Dijon, France (whose name alone gives us hunger pangs), have proven that when we spritz a pear scent, or grab and huff the closest piece of fruit before choosing what to eat, we’re more likely to make a healthy food choice.One-hundred fifteen participants were either secretly exposed to a pear odor (no word on if the researchers actually just brought them to The Body Shop) or none at all. They were then asked to choose a starter, a main course and a dessert for lunch. The pear-scent sniffers chose to consume the healthy dessert of fruit compote more frequently than the non-sniffers, who went for the high-calorie brownie instead.We love this study because it’s something easy and actionable we can try ourselves. Try stowing an apple, pear or your favorite fruity scent at your desk for a quick sniff before your 4 p.m. munchie-fest.Your co-workers may look at you funny, but it’ll be them at the candy jar, not you.Our Favorite Fruity Scent Right Now: Fig!