Genes linked to psychoactive effects of beverages linked to bitter taste preference
Why do we love bitter coffee and beer? - interesting science news

Ever wonder why some people love the bitter taste of coffee, while some just can’t stand it? While the scientists predicted that variations in the genes associated with taste sensations could account for this difference, it was found that rather the genes related to the psychoactive properties of these beverages are responsible.

One of the genes linked to this preference is the FTO gene which is linked to sugar-sweetened drinks. Interestingly and counterintuitively, this is the same gene associated with lower risk of obesity.

Research into these variations is extremely important since this could give us indications for interventions in people’s diet.

Read the full story: Northwestern University (via ScienceDaily)
Scientific publication: Human Molecular Genetics
Scientific publication: Human Molecular Genetics

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