Food Consumption and Emotions at a Salad Lunch Buffet in a Multisensory Environment

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Hoppu , U , Puputti , S , Mattila , S , Puurtinen , M & Sandell , M 2020 , ' Food Consumption and Emotions at a Salad Lunch Buffet in a Multisensory Environment ' , Foods , vol. 9 , no. 10 , 1349 .

Title: Food Consumption and Emotions at a Salad Lunch Buffet in a Multisensory Environment
Author: Hoppu, Ulla; Puputti, Sari; Mattila, Saila; Puurtinen, Marjaana; Sandell, Mari
Contributor organization: Department of Food and Nutrition
Senses and Food
Date: 2020-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Foods
ISSN: 2304-8158
Abstract: The food experience is multisensory and multisensory external stimuli may affect food choice and emotions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of a multisensory eating environment on food choice, intake and the emotional states of the subjects in a salad lunch buffet setting. A total of 30 female subjects consumed a salad lunch twice in the multisensory laboratory. The two test conditions (control and multisensory condition with environmental stimuli) were randomized and the visits were scheduled one week apart. Subjects selected and ate a meal from a salad buffet including 14 food items and the intake of each item was weighed. They answered an online questionnaire about the meal and their emotional states (20 different emotion terms) after the lunch. There was no significant difference in the food consumption between the control and multisensory conditions. The subjects were very satisfied with their lunch for both study visits but the pleasantness of the eating environment was rated higher under the multisensory condition. In emotional terms, the subjects selected the term "happy" significantly more frequently under the multisensory condition compared with the control. In conclusion, the multisensory eating environment in this study was not related to food intake but may be associated with positive emotions. The effect of the eating environment on food choice and experience deserves further study with a larger study population in a real lunch restaurant setting.
Subject: 416 Food Science
lunch buffet
food intake
emotion terms
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