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2012-09-20 16:09:49

Blunted ability to identify all five tastes may affect quantity of foods eaten Obese kids have less sensitive taste-buds than kids of normal weight, indicates research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. This blunted ability to distinguish all five tastes of bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and umami (savory) may prompt them to eat larger quantities of food in a bid to register the same taste sensation, suggest the authors. They base their findings on 94 normal...

2012-06-01 10:12:57

Bitter taste receptors for Stevia sweeteners discovered The human tongue has just one receptor type for detecting sweetness but about25 different ones for bitter flavors. Scientists at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) have now identified the two receptors, hTAS2R4 and hTAS2R14, that detect the bitter after taste of Stevia. Extracts from the subtropical plants are up to 300 times sweeter than conventional sugar....

2012-03-12 19:52:43

Animals live in surprisingly different sensory worlds Scientists from the Monell Center report that seven of 12 related mammalian species have lost the sense of sweet taste. As each of the sweet-blind species eats only meat, the findings demonstrate that a liking for sweets is frequently lost during the evolution of diet specialization. Previous research from the Monell team had revealed the remarkable finding that both domestic and wild cats are unable to taste sweet compounds due to...

2012-03-05 23:27:16

Does fat have a taste? About five years ago, animal studies first revealed the presence of entirely novel types of oral fat sensors or receptors on the tongue. Prior to this time, it was believed that fats were perceived only by flavor and texture cues. With this new information, “everything that we thought we knew about fat perception got turned on its head,” said Beverly Tepper, a professor in the Department of Food Science at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological...

Fondness For Sweets Linked To Sweeter Personality
2011-10-27 05:25:59

Does having a sweet tooth make you a sweeter person? According to American researchers the answer could be Yes. Scientists from Gettysburg College, St. Xavier University in Chicago, and North Dakota State University found in a recent study that people who favored sugary foods were more inclined to volunteer, help others in need and are more agreeable than those who avoid eating sweets. The research, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, focused on sweetness and...

2011-08-03 12:18:39

Protein inside taste cells turn off bitter taste New findings may lend insight into why some people are especially sensitive to bitter tastes. Scientists from the Monell Center and Givaudan Flavors have identified a protein inside of taste cells that acts to shorten bitter taste signals. They further report that mice lacking the gene for this taste terminator protein are more sensitive to bitter taste and also find it more aversive, possibly because they experience the taste for a longer...

2011-04-11 21:45:47

The mere taste of something extremely bitter"”even if you don't swallow it at all"”is enough to cause that dreaded feeling of nausea and to set your stomach churning, according to a new study reported in the April 12th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. "This work shows that our body and our physiology anticipate the consequences of foods we might eat, even if those foods contain toxins or anti-nutrients," said Paul Breslin of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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