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Taste Receptor Gene Determines How Well We Sense Food
2014-05-28 09:07:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some people’s sense of taste is so perceptive, they have a strong dislike for food that a majority of people enjoy, such as spicy foods or ‘hoppy’ beers. According to a new report published in the journal Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, these so-called supertasters get their increased sensitivity from a variation in the taste receptor gene TAS2R38 – not a higher than normal amount of taste buds as had been previously...

2011-12-07 14:27:11

Long the bane of picky eaters everywhere, broccoli´s taste is not just a matter of having a cultured palate; some people can easily taste a bitter compound in the vegetable that others have difficulty detecting. Now a team of Penn researchers has helped uncover the evolutionary history of one of the genes responsible for this trait. Beyond showing the ancient origins of the gene, the researchers discovered something unexpected: something other than taste must have driven its evolution....

2011-03-31 08:52:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- We've all been guilty of passing up wholesome foods for better tasting, less nutritious ones at some point. With millions of adults and children avoiding those healthful foods because of the bitter taste, and gagging or vomiting when forced to take bitter liquid medicines, scientists reported a leap toward a high-tech version of Mary Poppins' solution.  It's not a spoonful of sugar to help the stuff go down . . . but a new and improved "bitterness blocker." "A lot...

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2010-06-16 08:12:31

Low-salt foods may be harder for some people to like than others, according to a study by a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences food scientist. The research indicates that genetics influence some of the difference in the levels of salt we like to eat. Those conclusions are important because recent, well-publicized efforts to reduce the salt content in food have left many people struggling to accept fare that simply does not taste as good to them as it does to others, pointed out John...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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