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Posture affects taste

Expert insight:

This isn’t a mental effect—there’s actually a physiological reason for it, says study author Dipayan Biswas, Ph.D., professor of business and marketing at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The physical demands of standing, though minor, send more blood into your lower extremities and cause a spike in cortisol. That stress dulls your senses, thereby making foods taste more bland, he explains.

The bottom line:

If you’re at a backyard party or cocktail hour with minimal seating, you may be able to minimize the effects by consciously lowering your stress levels. Try lengthening your exhale before eating to make each bite as flavorful and satisfying as it can be.