Taste Genomics 101: Are Your Food Preferences Genetic?

by Alejandra "Alex" Ruani — Get free science updates here.

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Why do some people love Brussels sprouts, when others can’t stand their taste?

Do you have a sweet tooth? Or prefer salty snacks?

We all have favourite foods… and those we dislike.

But how can one person’s food preferences be so different from another?

Could taste perception be in our genes? Were you born to taste foods in a distinct way? If so, to what extent?

In this report, we investigate the genetics of taste to find out if your much-loved foods (or least-wanted ones) were pre-determined by your inherited DNA!

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Conveniently download this 45-page Science Report. Contains links to extra reading materials and scientific references.

Topics covered in this report:

  1. Genetic investigations are in order!
  2. The wise words of Mary Poppins
  3. “Grow up and eat your greens!”
  4. Eating for survival
  5. How do we taste?
  6. Figure 1: The role of taste buds
  7. The lifespan of a taste bud
  8. Which tastes can you detect?
  9. Go with the flow
  10. Figure 2: Taste perception (indirect)
  11. Figure 3: Taste perception (direct)
  12. The hierachy of taste detection
  13. A mad scientist with a PTC bottle
  14. Is broccoli too bitter to eat?
  15. Investigating bitter taste perception
  16. Tasters vs non-tasters
  17. Bitter taste in your genes
  18. The taster’s dilemma…
  19. “Ahh! That sauce is far too spicy!!”
  20. That bitter gene is not alone
  21. Table: Different genes, different tastes
  22. How genetic are taste preferences?
  23. “Hold your nose!”
  24. That “melts in the mouth” flavour…
  25. “I’m so hungry, I could eat a horse!”
  26. “Extra Brussels sprouts please!”
  27. Sweet vs salty snacking
  28. The sky’s the limit!
  29. Your key takeaways
  30. What’s up next?
  31. Learn more
  32. References and resources


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Alex Ruani leads the research division at The Health Sciences Academy, where she and her team make sense of complex scientific literature and translate it into easy-to-understand practical concepts for students. She is a Harvard-trained scientific researcher who specialises in cravings and appetite neurobiology, nutrition biochemistry, and nutrigenomics. Besides investigating and teaching the latest advances in health and nutrition science, Alex makes it easier to be smarter with her free Science Catch-ups every other Thursday.
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1 Comment

  • Kamand

    Reply Reply November 19, 2015

    I ate healthy good foods.

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