Better-liked foods can produce more satiety

Mitchell Z. Mattes, Zata M. Vickers

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Food liking influences hunger and fullness, however, the direction of this influence has remained unclear due to the difficulty in capturing the complexity of hunger and fullness feelings and the subjective nature of evaluating food liking. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of food liking on feelings of hunger and fullness utilizing the 5-Factor Satiety Questionnaire. Thirty participants attended two breakfast sessions one week apart in which they evaluated hunger and fullness feelings produced by two equal-caloric smoothies that differed only in that one contained a bittering agent to lower liking. Levels of the bittering agent were determined from a screening procedure and were panelist specific. Evaluations were made at 0 min, 60 min, 120 min, and 180 min after consumption. Food intake from a snack offered three hours after breakfast was covertly recorded. The more palatable control smoothie provided significantly greater mental fullness factor sensations over the three-hour testing period than the bitter smoothie. Physical fullness factor ratings were initially higher for the bitter smoothie than the control smoothie, but dropped to a nearly equal level two hours after consumption. Mental and physical hunger factor sensations were nearly equal between the two smoothies over the three hour testing period. Subjects consumed on average 77 more calories from the snack following the bitter smoothie in comparison to the control. These findings suggest that if people eat a food they greatly enjoy, instead of eating a less-well-liked version, they will experience more pleasure, satisfaction, and satiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-102
Number of pages9
JournalFood Quality and Preference
StatePublished - Mar 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding This work was supported in part by the Sensory Center in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota and in part by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. Authors Mattes and Vickers were coordinator and director of the Sensory Center and involved in the design, data analyses, interpretation, writing and the decision to publish this report. The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station had no involvement in this study.

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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd

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  • Fullness
  • Hunger
  • Liking
  • Satiation
  • Satiety
  • Satisfaction


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