Thursday, 25 October 2007

Genetic Garlic?

Do you like the taste of coffee or garlic?

If you like one or both, it could be because of your genes.

Researchers at the Kings College, London have suggested that 41 - 48% of our food preferences are inherited. The researchers found that the strongest links between food habits and genetic make-up involved a taste for garlic or coffee. More about the research here.

Hmm. I used to like coffee years ago but not anymore. Garlic, like onions, I could do without. And some of my eating habits have changed, dramatically in some cases. Were these food preferences genetically programmed? Search me.

What I do know is that the next time someone asks why I don't like garlic or onions, I'll say the fault is in my genes.


Sam said...

As somebody who likes coffee, and still do. Does this research says we should stop drinking coffee?

Like you, some of my eating habits have changed. Now, I like eating lots of fruits. May be I'm getting too old and becoming more wiser, and droping old habits?

Weldone for this interesting topic.

Sam Odiaka

Chichi said...

Sam, I don't think the research suggests that you stop drinking coffee. Thanks for the comment.

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Stephanie said...

It's also been found that what a mother eats while pregnant has some bearing upon what her child gravitates towards. And of course as our own eating patterns change our tastebuds can shift. If you're eating a diet of processed foods and sugar, a red pepper doesn't have a whole lot of taste, but if you're accustomed to more whole foods you can detect its powerful sweetness.

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