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October 2010 Issue

Food Flavors and Appetite: A Look at the Flavor Point Diet

If you’re browsing for a diet book, you could do a lot worse than the "Flavor Point Diet" (Rodale Books, 2005), written by renowned health expert and director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., with his wife, Catherine Katz, Ph.D. What’s different about this diet tome? The "Flavor Point Diet" suggests that you limit the number of flavor themes—such as sweet, salty or savory—at a meal in order to turn down the volume on your appetite. Katz shares research on the neuroscience of appetite, demonstrating that when people taste too many flavors at once it stimulates the brain’s appetite center and they tend to overeat before they feel full.

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