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Why Does Fat Taste Soo Good?

Why does fat taste soo good?

You can blame your taste buds. Our tongues recognize and attract fat, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Alterations in a gene on can change the sensitivity of our tongue to the taste of fat. The study is the first to demonstrate a human receptor that can taste fat.

What is interesting is that the researchers think that some people may be more sensitive to the presence of fat in foods. I have a 9 year old daughter who hates the taste of sausges, ‘they’re too fatty Dad’. She may be more sensitive to fat.

The researchers found that people with a variant of the CD36 gene were far more sensitive to the taste of fat. People who made more CD36 protein could easily detect the presence of fat.

In fact, study subjects who made the most CD36 were eight times more sensitive to the presence of fat than those who made about 50 percent less of the protein.

At this stage it’s difficult to know exactly what role this gene has in obesity, however it may explain why some people hate the taste of fat and others love it.

Reference: Pepino MY, Love-Gregory L, Klein S, Abumrad NA, The fatty acid translocase gene, CD36, and lingual lipase influence oral sensitivity to fat in obese subjects. Journal of Lipid Research, Dec. 31, 2011

29 Feb 2012

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