Heart and Lungs Can Smell Food; Blood Cells Attracted to Pungent Aromas

Apr 08, 2013 02:40 PM EDT | By Jason Pollak

  • print
Smelling
A new study has shown that other organs such as the heart and lungs can smell foods. (Photo : Reuters)

A new research study presented at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans has shown some shocking new evidence in regards to the ways we smell foods, according to Discovery News.

Previously, researchers thought humans could only smell food through the nose. However, new research shows that we possess olfactory receptors in other organs throughout our body, such as the heart and lungs.

Like Us on Facebook

These receptors help us sense odors further. In the fact, the nose only detects a small fraction of food odors.

"Only a tiny little amount of food odorants and tastants (substances that stimulate taste) are used by our receptors in the nose and on the tongue; the major part of the molecules goes down the way to our stomach and might reach the blood stream and finally, the organs," research leader Peter Schieberle said, according to Discovery News. "Thus, for a few years, we have followed the idea that odor and taste-active food components might have secondary functions in the human body."

The research team made the discovery by using biogenic amines, which are "potent and sticky chemical messengers found in many foods," according to Discovery.

They are found in food and drinks such as chocolate, meats, deli meats, milk and cheese. Fresh foods have them as do processed foods. Using primary blood cells from human blood samples, the researchers observed how they would react to "attractants" from food.

Researchers found that much as a nose follows a scent, the blood cells moved towards the pungent aromas.

"Blood cells -- not only cells in the nose -- have odorant receptors," Schieberle said. "But does this mean that, for instance, the heart 'smells' the steak you just ate? We don't know the answer to that question."

He said it was probably more of an overall body process that begins when we detect foods and beverages.

This is known as studying "sensomic" according to Discovery.

"While we eat," Schieberle said, "all receptor signals together are finally translated by our brain into the overall flavor impression we expect from the respective food."

© 2014 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Featured Video : Backstage At Betsey Johnson Spring 15: NYF
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
Burges

Belgian City Building Underground Beer Pipeline

A medieval town in Belgium has gained international fame for being the coolest city to live in. the Belgian city is constructing a beer pipeline to help get the local's get their favorite tipple much faster.

National Coffee Day: 5 Places To Get Free And Steaming Coffee!

National Coffee Day: 5 Places To Get Free And Steaming Coffee!

National Coffee Day – Wonderful date for all the people who do not only like starting off their days with coffee, but can’t get enough and need a dose repeatedly. Today, Sept. 29th, the National and actually International coffee day, according to Days of The Year, takes place. So, to celebrate it, we enlisted some of the most important places where you can find a great deal of free coffee.

popcorn

Three Food Trends you Simply Must Try

The year has had plenty of innovations under its belt. From the world of the culinary arts to the technological inventions, the innovative bug has bitten and bit hard. There are plenty of foods to look forward to on a restaurant menu. However, certain recipes and foods have cut a mark above the rest and are now causing whirlwinds and taste bud cravings across the globe. Today we will look at a few of these foods. Here are out top three:

Food Tech
Soft drinks

Coca Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper Agree to cut Calories by 20%

America's top three soda makers have agreed to cut down soda calories by 20%. In an agreement signed by representatives of Coca cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc, the soft drink manufacturers declared they would be reducing the calories consumption of soda lovers across the United States by 20%.

GUMMY WORMS - Halloween recipe

Japan’s Gummy Bug Sweets: A Coffee Shop In The Asian Country Sells Amazingly Realistic Worm Sweets

If you’re visiting Japan at the moment and you’re already concerned with Halloween treats, there’s a great option for you: Japan’s gummy bug sweets.

Vagina Cookies Are Made By A Mother For Seven Year-old Students With “Sex-Education” Purposes

Vagina Cookies Are Made By A Mother For Seven Year-old Students With “Sex-Education” Purposes

Vagina Cookies – Sometimes a story is so good that it needs to be shared with the world. And sometimes that story is not only good but a real one and the quality becomes even better. What took place in a school is that a mother brought cookies to share with the children. They did have a particularity, though: they were vagina-shaped cookies.

Real Time Analytics