Published December 3, 2013
An article in Smithsonian magazine about the sense of taste reports a team of UB biologists published a study concluding that obesity can actually change how food tastes, and quotes Kathryn Medler, associate professor of biological sciences. “What we see is that even at this level – at the first step in the taste pathway – the taste receptor cells themselves are affected by obesity,” she said. Le Figaro, the second-largest daily newspaper in France, also interviewed Medler about her study. Medler’s research, published in PLOS ONE, found that obese mice had fewer taste cells capable of detecting sweetness than mice with slimmer physiques.
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