Non-food odorants reduce chocolate cravings

Appetite. 2012 Jun;58(3):1087-90. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.03.002. Epub 2012 Mar 9.


The present study compared the relative effectiveness of simple, commercially available food and non-food olfactory tasks on chocolate craving reduction. Chocolate cravings were induced by a series of coloured photographs and 67 undergraduate women were asked to smell one of three odours (green apple, jasmine, or water). The non-food odorant (jasmine) significantly reduced chocolate cravings relative to both the food and control odorants. Thus simple non-food odorants offer potential scope as a technique for curbing unwanted food cravings.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Appetite / drug effects*
  • Cacao
  • Diet / psychology
  • Female
  • Food Preferences / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Jasminum*
  • Malus*
  • Odorants*
  • Plant Preparations / pharmacology*
  • Smell*
  • Students
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Perception
  • Water
  • Young Adult


  • Plant Preparations
  • Water