The Scented Cup that Could Help You Drink Fewer Calories


It is my ardent belief that scent is an untapped resource for the food industry and that paying more attention to scent cues could revolutionize many industries.

Now comes an Indigogo project that harnesses the simple fact of human olfactory and taste — scent accounts for as much as 80% of what we taste — to make a new product that could help people drink fewer calories and up their intake of water overall.

The goal of the cup, which is being crowd-funded right now, is to allow people to smell flavor similar to what beverage companies currently put in their drinks while the drinker is imbibing water. Instead of getting the calories from soda or fruit juices, the drinker gets pure water that tastes like the scent of the cup.

From the company’s campaign:

How does it actually work?
In order to appreciate how The Right Cup works, it’s important to understand the dynamic of how smell affects taste. First the tongue only tastes 5 sensations: sweet, bitter, sour, salty and Umami. The overall taste experience is a result of the interaction of these 5 sensations and the sense of smell. It is estimated that the sense of smell is responsible for approximately 80% of the flavor experience. When people eat and drink, food and liquids release volatile aromas that travel up from the nose and from inside the mouth, past the sinuses until they reach the nasal epithelium which sends a message to the olfactory bulb that the aromas being smelled are a taste being tasted. The Right Cup’s natural fruit aroma combined with a patented sweet taste technology, gives your brain the total perception you are drinking a fruit flavored water.

The makers of The Right Cup hope it will be used by people who are trying to lose weight, who want to get that recommended 8 cups of water every day (but struggle to do so), and by people who are moving away not just from the calories of carbonated beverages but from the preservatives and chemicals used therein.

Now, can we ask them to have some out-of-the box scents like lavender, bergamot, elderberry, or Turkish rose? What scent would you want to smell in your water?

6 thoughts on “The Scented Cup that Could Help You Drink Fewer Calories

  1. Emily Grosvenor says:

    I think they have a lemon and lime thing going on, but it says the flavors are the ones already being used and FDA-approved, so I’m wondering if they are chemical flavorings. Can you use real flavors/scents in something plastic like this? Hmmmm….


  2. azureesoleil says:

    Years ago when my dad was sick I would drive the hour south each day after work and sit with him in the rehab center aka nursing home so my mom, who wouldn’t leave his side, could go home… shower… change clothes… check the mail. On one winter evening, I was giving him sips of water, I had some cocoa scented emollient on to protect my chapped hands, he licked his lips, smiled real big and said “WOW that chocolate sure is good!!!” He drank the whole cup.


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