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Obese Women Don’t Smoke, Or Else Dull Ability Of Tasting Sweet, Fat: Researchers


Cigarette smoking is not only injurious to health, but it also makes the ability to taste sweets and fats dull for obese women, says a new research.

Researchers from Washington University in Missouri said the obese people are usually seen craving for high-fat foods and the reason behind this is that they are less likely to perceive the tastes of sugary and high-fat foods.
Assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Yanina Pepino, said the intense craving for sweet and fat food if perceived less of sweetness an d fatty, the women tend to eat more.

“Compared with the other three groups, smokers who were obese perceived less creaminess and sweetness,” Pepino said. “They also derived less pleasure from tasting the puddings.”

Prof. Pepino added further that obesity and smoking are risk factors for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

The researchers studied women between the age group of 21 and 41. All the women were classified in four groups – obese smokers, obese nonsmokers, smokers with normal weight and nonsmokers with normal weight. They were asked to taste different vanilla pudding that had fat in varying amounts. With the tasting part, all were also asked to rate the puddings based on creaminess and sweetness.

It was found the smokers who were obese rated the puddings with less of creaminess and less of sweetness. They also commented of getting less pleasure from it.

Researchers also found that those smokers who were not overweight were able to perceive sweetness and fat similar to the women who did not smoke.

The new study was published in the Obesity journal.

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