Taste Preferences Have A Significant Impact On Health And Well-Being

If you like all things sweet and bitter, you are more at risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those with a preference for sweet or bitter foods according to the latest research.

Metabolic syndrome is the name given to a group of risk factors which occur together and increase an individual’s risk of developing coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Those who like both sweet and bitter tastes or have no preference between the two are the most at risk, whereas if you are a fan of just sweet or bitter food then you are less at risk.

Taste preferences appear to have a strong link to the amount of fibre eaten by an individual and their beverage intake.

Having a favourite flavour or food may not be a bad thing when it comes to dietary intake and health.


Turner-McGrievy G, Tate DF, Moore D, Popkin B, Taking the Bitter with the Sweet: Relationship of Supertasting and Sweet Preference with Metabolic Syndrome and Dietary Intake, Journal of Food Science, 2013, 78(2): S336.

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