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SENSA®

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Background

  • The SENSA® sprinkle diet is a proprietary weight loss system that directs consumers to place SENSA® Tastant sprinkles or crystals on all food before consumption (tastants are any substance that stimulates taste). This method does not involve changing the diet, eating special meals, or restricting food intake. The manufacturer is currently seeking a patent for its product.
  • The scientific theory behind the diet is the concept of sensory-specific satiety. According to the company, during eating, taste and smell senses interact with the brain centers for satiety, which tell the body when it has had enough to eat. The manufacturer of SENSA® Tastant sprinkles claims that its product speeds up this process, so that less is eaten but satisfaction is adequate. Scientific evidence, however, suggests that volume of food intake may be the most important part of sensory-specific satiety.
  • The manufacturer advices consumers to use one packet of SENSA® Tastant sprinkles over the course of each month, putting them on food daily, and to alternate between the different varieties, formulations, or flavors of sprinkles monthly. SENSA® Tastant crystals come in six different patent-pending scent or flavor combinations.
  • Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, a board-certified neurologist and the director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, developed the SENSA® product. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, and an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center. He cites three studies on the company website that support the use of SENSA®.
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References

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