Energy density, palatability, and satiety: implications for weight control

Nutr Rev. 1998 Dec;56(12):347-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1998.tb01677.x.


High energy density tends to be associated with high palatability, and vice versa. As a rule, energy-dense foods are palatable but not satiating, whereas foods with low energy density are more satiating but less palatable. Low-energy-density foods are typically those that contain the most water and the least fat. Reducing energy density while maintaining palatability is a continuing challenge to the food industry.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Weight*
  • Energy Intake*
  • Food*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / diet therapy
  • Satiation*
  • Taste*