Scientists at Washington State University are claiming to have discovered a sixth sense: the taste for fat. The study findings, detailed in a recent report by the Washington University School of Medicine and published in The Journal of Lipid Research, studied over 20 adults and found that those with the “CD36” gene were more sensitive to the taste of fat and less prone to obesity.
The researchers hypothesized that people with highly fatty diets may produce less CD36 protein, making them less sensitive to fatty foods and, consequently, more likely to intake fat.
The research-the first of its kind to identify a human receptor that can taste fat-appears to support previous findings that obesity is linked to genes as well as a person’s diet. The study also found that nearly 20 percent of Americans are likely to produce less CD36 and are therefore less sensitive to the taste of fatty foods.
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