Monday, September 10, 2012

A Scent-a-Day with EdieAnne: Hazelnut Latte

A Scent-a-Day with EdieAnne: Hazelnut Latte
Frothy steamed milk, toasted hazelnuts, espresso, and vanilla with a dusting of cinnamon. 

Being an avid coffee drinker myself the scent of Hazelnut Latte is divine!  What if merely waking up and smelling coffee powers up your brain, without ever taking a sip? Most people drink coffee for its taste and its caffeine jolt, but the smell may bring its own benefits.
New research is shedding light on how drinking and smelling coffee might affect genes and proteins in the brain.And research suggests scents such as coffee can give sniffers a longer attention span when presented with information. So does the aroma of coffee affect memory? The answer is yes – as with most odors, the human sense of smell is connected with memory. In a nutshell (or coffee-bean), if the scent of that Keurig working overtime in your daily morning routine sends you pleasant memories; you are not alone.
However, does the aroma of coffee enhance memory, as seen in its consumption? The answer for that one remains to be seen – as it seems to be an area yet to be explored in science…Study authors surmise that if drinking caffeine causes stress associated with a loss of sleep, might it be better for folks to sniff coffee to help ease that stress? LOL  I just say... Time for another cup – coffee anyone?