People With A ‘Sweet Tooth’ Have Lesser Body Fat.

By on August 28, 2018
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Have a sweet tooth? Good on you. You’re probably less likely to put on body fat like people who don’t crave for sugar like yourself!

Apparently, people who have a gene variant of a particular ‘sweet tooth’ gene variation, crave and eat more sugar, are likely to have less body fat than others, found a recent study.

This finding comes as a bit of a surprise to the researchers, who discovered last year that this genetic variation could be one of the reasons why some people have a particular craving for sweet things.
“It sort of contradicts common intuition that people who eat more sugar should have less body fat. But it is important to remember that we are only studying this specific genetic variation and trying to find connections to the rest of the body,” said Niels Grarup from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. “This is just a small piece of the puzzle describing the connection between diet and sugar intake and the risk of obesity and diabetes,” said Grarup.

However, the effects associated with the genetic variation are not all positive, the study showed. The genetic variation is connected with slightly increased blood pressure and more fat around the waist than the hips; that is more of a ‘apple shape’ body structure.

The study, published in the scientific journal Cell Reports, is based on health information from more than 450,000 individuals who have allowed their data to be recorded in the UK Biobank, which included blood samples, questionnaires on diet and genetic data, among other things.

“Now that so many people are involved in the study, it gives our conclusions a certain robustness. Even though the difference in the amount of body fat or blood pressure level is only minor depending on whether or not the person has this genetic variation or not, we are very confident that the results are accurate. Around 20 percent of the European population has this genetic predisposition,”

said Grarup.

This new knowledge about people with a ‘genetic sweet tooth’ is mainly important in connection with the development of drugs and future research since researchers are currently trying to determine how better to treat obesity and diabetes.

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