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Comparison of physical chewing measures to consumer typed Mouth Behavior

Wilson, Arran, Jeltema, Melissa, Morgenstern, Marco P., Motoi, Lidia, Kim, Esther, Hedderley, Duncan
Journal of texture studies 2018 v.49 no.3 pp. 262-273
analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, females, foods, males, mastication, models, product testing, sensation, sensory evaluation, texture
The purpose of this study was to investigate the hypotheses that when presented with foods that could be chewed in different ways, (1) are participants jaw movements and chewing sequence measures correlated with Mouth Behavior (MB) group, as measured by the JBMB typing tool? (2) can MB group membership can be predicted from jaw movement and chewing sequence measures? One hundred subjects (69 female and 31 male, mean age 27 ± 7.7 years) were given four different foods (Mentos, Walkers, Cheetos Puffs, Twix) and video recordings of their jaw movements made. Twenty‐nine parameters were calculated on each chewing sequence with 27 also calculated for the first half and second half of chewing sequence. Subjects were assigned to a MB group using the JBMB typing tool which gives four MB groups (“Chewers,” “Crunchers,” “Smooshers,” and “Suckers”). The differences between individual chewing parameters and MB group were assessed with analysis of variance which showed only small differences in average chewing parameters between the MB groups. By using discriminant analysis, it was possible to partially discriminate between MB groups based on changes in their chewing parameters between foods with different material properties and stages of the chewing. A 19‐variable model correctly predicted 68% of the subjects' membership of a MB group. This partially confirms our first hypothesis that when presented with foods that could be chewed in different ways participants will use a chewing sequence and jaw movements that correlate with their MB as measured by the JBMB typing tool. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: The way consumers chew their food has an impact on their texture perception of that food. While there is a wide range of chewing behaviors between consumers, they can be grouped into broad categories to better target both product design and product testing by sensory panel. In this study, consumers who were grouped on their texture preference (MB group) had jaw movements, when chewing a range of foods, which partially reflected group membership. Therefore, while MB group membership could not be predicted from jaw movement measurements, there were similarities in jaw movements within the members of the groups. A better understanding of how jaw movement during chewing relates to consumer sensory perception would aid in new solid product design with controlled textural attributes.