Cutlery: do size, weight, shape and color matter?

Vanessa Harrar and Charles Spence from the University of Oxford found that the appearance of cutlery can affect perception of a food’s taste. Food tastes saltier when eaten from a knife, and denser and more expensive from a light plastic spoon. Taste was also affected by the color of the cutlery.

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Vanessa Harrar and Charles Spence from the University of Oxford found that the appearance of cutlery can affect perception of a food’s taste. Food tastes saltier when eaten from a knife, and denser and more expensive from a light plastic spoon. Taste was also affected by the color of the cutlery.

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