Can genes be responsible for our food preferences?

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2017-04-24 16:00:05

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Can genes be responsible for our food preferences?

Has Long been known that all of our characteristics, both good and bad (like disease), developing due to genetically information. But until now it was unclear whether genetics influences on our habits, including eating behavior. With such eating disorders as bulimia and anorexia, very often genetically determined. Based on this, employees of the Autonomous University of Madrid conducted a study that found out whether genetics influence what we eat and in what quantities.

Scientists from Madrid were able to identify the genes responsible for the love of chocolate, sweets, vegetables and fiber. The specialists, headed by Sylvia, Berciano analyzed the genome of 818 men and women. In addition, it was also conducted a questionnaire survey of the respondents, where they described their food habits. As it turned out, the tendency to a certain kind of food very often genetically determenirovana. For example, chocolate is loved by those who have more active was the receptor gene of oxytocin. This gene belongs to the group of female sex hormones (but in small quantities there are men), which may explain women's love to all «delicious». In addition, people with active gene of the receptor of oxytocin, the waist size was on average more than the colleagues experience. Also, studies have found genes associated with consumption of sugar, fatty foods, vegetables and fiber. As stated by the author surveying

«Many people find it difficult to deal with their eating habits, even if they understand that it hurts them. In turn, to assist these people we have done the research. It can help in creating personalized approaches to diet based on data obtained from each individual. In the future we also want to find out whether the identified genes with some serious disease».

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