Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 27, 2021
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This airplane food sounds awful

In a study surely destined to receive an Ig Nobel Prize for improbable research, a group of British researchers claim to have figured out why airplane food tastes so terrible. The thing is, writes the team in Food Quality and Preference, it doesn't really, it's just that the white noise from the plane engine is messing with your tastebuds.

“Loud background noise dampens food tastes,” study author Dr Andy Woods told the Toronto Star. “The ability to detect saltiness or sweetness is reduced.” But there is hope, Woods says: bring along a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and that rubbery chicken cacciatore will taste just divine.

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