According to new research, there’s a new weight loss tool in town: Behold the mighty power of your everyday orange!
Researchers at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior performed and experiment where women were asked to smell either oranges or chocolate before eating. Women who were given the smell of fresh oranges ate 60 percent less chocolate, compared to how much they ate after smelling chocolate.
“It might be that the smell of fresh oranges reminded dieters to limit intake of a tempting and diet-forbidden snack,” researcher Nicola Buckland told NPR.
“When tempted by food, dieters should take a few moments to focus on the sensory properties of healthy food, such as the sight and smell of fruit or salad vegetables,” Buckland said in a press release.
In a separate test, Brazilian scientists had participants spend five minutes inhaling sweet orange essential oil, tea tree oil, or water. They then underwent a stressful test while having their vital signs measured. The orange oil sniffers were less anxious throughout the test, and the beneficial effects even lingered once the exam was over.