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它粘软 香甜 而且很美味
It’s ooey, it’s gooey, and it’s oh-so-delicious.
It’s on some of our favorite dishes,
like pizza and nachos,
and it can even make our least favorite foods taste better
Yes, I’m talking about cheese.
Or more specifically, melted cheese —
because while cheese is delicious and
而且 许多人认为融化的奶酪 口感更好
a lot of people think the melted stuff is so much better.
And that’s probably not a coincidence.
There actually seems to be a scientific reason
why people love melted cheese more than solid cheese.
So the next time you’re reaching for those nachos…
you can blame it on your biology.
According to the research,
a lot of this has to do with something called mouthfeel
— a term used to describe how food feels in your mouth.
It’s pretty straight forward.
Studies suggest that mouthfeel plays a big role in
how much we like a certain food,
and that something’s texture can even influence how much of it we eat.
Take a study published in 2014.
In it, researchers ran five experiments
where two groups of people ate foods with different textures.
In one experiment, they had 83 university students
eat either hard or soft brownies
while watching advertisements.
And the scientists found that the soft brownie group naturally ate more.
People don’t just have a soft spot for brownies, though.
Surveys have found that, when it comes to cheese,
we also tend to like things on the softer side.
And scientists think there are a couple of reasons why.
One is that we tend to like foods
that don’t take a lot of work to eat-
which can make sense.
It’s way easier to stuff your face with
a bounch of soft, fudgy brownies than a bag of rock candy.
But this isn’t the whole answer,
because the amount of effort it takes to eat
can also be influenced by things like your saliva.
For example, some people dissolve starches faster than others
because their saliva contains
more of a protein called salivary amylase.
So something that feels really thick to you
might feel more runny to someone else.
Another part of the answer,
seems to be what the food is made of.
In general, people probably love the mouthfeel of fatty foods —
specifically, ones that go from solid to semi-solid or liquid,
like cheese or chocolate
because it signals that the food is higher in calories.
And since calories are our source of energy,
there’s an evolutionary advantage to loving foods with lots of them.
Which probably also explains why fatty food is so good at
activating the brain’s reward system.
So really your love of melty cheese
might be your body’s way of trying to fuel itself.
Between the calories and the fact that
it’s just so easy to eat,
what’s not to love?
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