Psychologists at the University of Bourgogne in France say smelling fruit rather than eating it can make you slimmer. Um, riiiight.
The study found that being exposed to fruity smells before deciding what food to smush into your face can make the brain more likely to take the healthy option, especially when it comes to dessert. Okay, that makes sense.
Researches split 115 volunteers into two groups before having them chow down on a three course buffet. Starters were either a plate of cold meats or grated carrots, the main course was a choice between between cannelloni Bolognese and salmon with green vegetable risotto, while dessert was either chocolate brownie or apple compote.
One group waited for the feast to begin in a room smelling of pear, and the other in a room which didn't smell like anything other than, er, room.
The pear odoured room had little effect on starter or main choice selections, but there was a big difference when it came to desserts, with 7523FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1">