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How your food tastes can depend on cutlery

Food flavour can be affected by the colour, weight and shape of cutlery, according to scientists.

Volunteers rated white yoghurt as sweeter and more expensive than pink yoghurt when eaten from a white spoon.

The effect was reversed for yoghurt tasted from a black spoon. In this case, the pink variety was preferred.

A blue spoon also made pink yoghurt taste significantly saltier than white yoghurt, the researchers found. And yoghurt tasted richer from a light plastic spoon than from a weighted heavier one.

In another experiment, cheese tasted saltier when offered on a knife instead of a spoon, fork or toothpick.

Lead researcher Vanessa Harrar, from Oxford University, said: "Even before we put food into our mouths, our brains have made a judgment about it, which affects our overall experience."

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