How marriage affects your sense of TASTE: Couples who are together for a long time prefer similar flavours

Mail Online | 9/12/2017 | Victoria Allen Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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A husband who dislikes his wife's cooking may have learned to keep quiet during the early years of marriage.

But the good news is that lacklustre Sunday roast might appear more appetising after a few decades together.

Study - Couples - Time - Sense - Taste

A study has found couples who are married for a long time appear to develop a similar sense of taste and smell.

Years of shared meals are thought to change what they find appetising, so that their tastebuds become more similar.

Things - Vegetables - Children - Beer - Adults

It is well known that eating things more often, from vegetables for fussy children to beer for adults, makes us enjoy them more.

However the study, from the University of Wroclaw, is the first to show that couples change their food preferences after years of eating together.

Journal - Appetite - Researchers - State - Partners

Writing in the journal Appetite, the Polish researchers state: 'As partners share a household (including a kitchen and fridge) and a significant proportion of meals, they are more likely to eat similar types of food.

'Even though the role of genetics in accounting for individual differences in food preferences is well documented, shared environment and habits, and consequently exposure to similar olfactory and gustatory stimuli, might together shape similar preferences in both partners.'

Couples - Months - Years - Preferences - Smells

Couples who had been married from three months to 45 years were tested on their preferences for various smells.

These included lavender, white chocolate, coffee, coca cola, cinammon, smoked meat, lemon and honey, which both partners were asked to inhale for five seconds.

Fragrances - Grass - Turpentine - Liquorice - Lilac

The fragrances, which also include grass, turpentine, liquorice, lilac...
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