Dietary habits can be influenced by several factors such as emotional status and food palatability represented by food smell, taste, texture, appearance and temperature. The aim of this study is to assess the palatability and digestibility of a coffee-flavored iced dessert ingested at the end of a standardized meal and its impact on emotional status in a sample of 30 healthy female volunteers. Thirty healthy female volunteers, after ENT and psychological assessment, were asked to fill in a Psycho-Emotional Questionnaire to assess their basal emotional pattern before the consumption of an iced coffee-flavored dessert after a standard meal. After the meal they filled in an Organoleptic-Sensory questionnaire, a Dynamic Digeribility questionnaire and again a Psycho-Emotional Questionnaire. In our study, most of the subjects found the tested coffee-flavoured iced dessert pleasant according to the Organoleptic-Sensorial Questionnaire (OSQ), in terms of taste, aspect, texture and smell; moreover, in 29 subjects the Dynamic Digestibility Questionnaire (DDQ) resulted in a good digestive experience. By means of the Psycho-Emotional Questionnaire (PEQ), an improvement of feelings and mood, associated with good data of digestibility and palatability was recorded. Although this observation is not statistically significant, the results seem to show a positive correlation between pleasure in eating such a product and emotional status. These data are preliminary and need further investigations on a larger population, in order to confirm this association, also in a mixed population, comparing male and female eating behaviour.
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