PARENTS will be gobsmacked at the latest advice from scientists — who insist that children should eat with their mouths open.
Generations have told their kids that munching that way is messy, noisy and looks disgusting.
But now researchers led by Oxford Professor of Experimental Psychology Charles Spence claim it makes grub taste better.
Their work is based on meat, fruit and vegetables all containing what are known as volatile organic compounds.
These make up characteristic aromas and contribute to the food’s flavour.
Chewing open-mouthed helps more of them reach the back of the nose, firing up olfactory sensory neurons which heighten our experience of eating.
Prof Spence said: “We’ve been doing it all wrong.
“Chewing open-mouthed may actually contribute to our sense of smell and the overall perception.”
He went on: “And when it comes to sound, we like noisy foods — think crunchy, crispy.
“To best hear the crunch of an apple, a potato crisp, a carrot stick, a cracker, crispbread or a handful of popcorn, we should always ditch our manners and chew with our mouths open.”
Prof Spence’s team is looking at what affects our perceptions of food to learn more about brain functions.
He also said we should eat with our hands where possible to enjoy the sense of touch.
Source: The Sun