According to psychologists simple things like the weight, type and colour of your cutlery can change your perception of food. Yoghurt eaten with a silver spoon tastes more expensive and creamier than with lightweight imitation cutlery, according to the scientists.
Their study also showed that the colour of cutlery can make yoghurt sweeter, with colours that match food producing the best results. The researchers believe the findings provide an insight
can enhance diners’ experiences. This of course makes some sense as we all know that Heston is bat shit crazy when it comes to throwing new dishes together.
Those that used a lightweight plastic spoon found the yoghurt creamier and more expensive than a plastic spoon that had been altered to weigh more.
A separate experiment also showed that yoghurt eaten with heavy silver spoons compared to replicas made from plastic and stainless steel was also rated as tasting better. Similarly pink yoghurt was found to be least sweet when eaten with a blue spoon.
Dr Vanessa Harrar, the lead author of the new study, said: “Subtly changing eating implements and tableware can affect how pleasurable, or filling, food appears. This may be used to help control eating patterns such as portion size or how much salt is added to food.”