Nutrition and Sensation

Alan R. Hirsch

March 18, 2015 by CRC Press
Reference - 353 Pages - 28 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466569072 - CAT# K16417

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Features

  • Describes how nutritional deficiencies impact human senses and how sensory disorders impact nutrition
  • Focuses on how smell, taste, and the visual system can be used to treat obesity and precipitate weight loss
  • Covers how sensory manipulation influences consumption and how senses can be used to enhance nutritional intake
  • Provides information on various disorders including burning mouth syndrome and trigeminal neuralgia as well as multisensory modalities and disorders such as toxic exposure affecting smell and taste, drug use, and prescription medication side effects
  • Presents situations wherein nutritional deficiency states act as a motivator for eating or pathologically eating

Summary

Nutrition and Sensation explores how sensations can impact nutrition. It unravels the hidden sensory universe acting to control our appetite and nutritional desires. The sensory influence on food choice is ubiquitous. Whether it is the color of soda, the viscosity of maple syrup, or the aroma of chocolate, the sensory experience fuels consumption.

The book covers the impact of olfaction, gustation, retronasal olfaction, vision, vestibular function, hearing, and somatosensory and tactile nature on nutrition. It also discusses the use of the sensory system to treat nutritional disorders including obesity. Special attention is given to the mechanisms surrounding smell and taste and how they can influence satiety and weight. This book is a fascinating read for anyone looking for deeper understanding of the link between the sensory system and nutrition.

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