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A study published in Food Quality and Experience says high levels of background noise can affect people’s palates — perhaps explaining why airline passengers often complain that food on board is bland.

A study published in Food Quality and Experience says high levels of background noise can affect people’s palates — perhaps explaining why airline passengers often complain that food on board is bland. The research blames the roar of aircraft engines.

Dr. Andy Woods of Unilever headed an experiment wherein volunteers were blindfolded and given a range of foods to taste while being exposed to different levels of “white noise.”

The volunteers had less acute sensations of sweetness or saltiness the louder the noise became, said Woods.

 
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