Is It Pâté or Dog Food?

Can people tell the difference? Not necessarily, according to a new study by Robin Goldstein of the American Association of Wine Economists and colleagues:

Researchers provided 18 volunteers five food samples to try in a blind taste test. Only three were able to identify the canine fodder. [...]

The five samples came from a wide price range and were processed to have a similar consistency. The foods were duck liver mousse, pork liver pâté, two imitation pâtés -- pureed liverwurst and Spam -- and Newman's Own dog food.

Eight participants believed the liverwurst was the dog food, and four thought the Spam was the culprit.

Two people identified the high-end pâté as dog food, and one identified the duck liver mousse as dog food.


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If these people regularly ate Pate, these are strange results. I eat pate quite a bit and I don't think I'd be fooled. But then again, I've never had dog food so I might be in for a surprise, haha.

Pate + crackers or bread is a meal in itself for me.
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