Food variety has been shown to increase food intake, and sensory-specific satiety (a relative decrease in pleasantness of a food as it is consumed) has been proposed as the mechanism through which variety increases consumption. The aim of this study was to investigate whether variation of eating context can add to experienced meal variety and hence increase consumption even further. A total of 128 participants were assigned to one of four conditions in which they first ate a specific food item (ad libitum) until satiated, after which they consumed a second course ad libitum of either the same or a different food in either the same context or in a different context. We hypothesized that, compared to eating the same food in the same context during the second course, introducing a different food item or changing the context for the second course increases consumption (of the second course), and changing both food and context enhances food intake to a greater degree than only changing the food or changing the context. Results indicated that food variety (introducing a different food) significantly increased consumption in the second course, but that a context switch did not enhance consumption. These results suggest that there is little reason to believe that sensory-specific satiety is context specific.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105179
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021


  • Sensory-specific satiety
  • Sensory-specific satiation
  • Food variety
  • Context
  • Liking
  • Food intake

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