question of taste
is not the main reason we choose what type of food we
eat, according to new research by psychobiologist Professor
John Blundell and physiologist Dr John Cooling. Two groups
of people Ð one which ate a high-fat and the other a low-fat
diet Ð were asked to taste solutions containing different
combinations of sugar and fat and their preferences monitored.
Blundell said: "We found that their oro-sensory response
Ð how the food feels in their mouths Ð was the same, showing
that their food selection wasn't determined by a preference
for fat, but by other factors such as genes or social
environment. We're also interested in the effects these
choices have, and are looking particularly at people who
eat a high-fat diet, but don't put on weight."
research is part of a six-country consortium on diet and
weight gain in Europe and the full results have been published
in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.