Low-Fat Diet Alters Taste Buds


A low-fat diet increases sensitivity in taste buds to fatty foods in those with obesity, according to a study published in Obesity. Participants followed either a low-fat diet or a portion-controlled diet for six weeks and reported sensitivity to fat taste. While both groups lost weight, those who followed the low-fat diet decreased their fat thresholds and their perceptions of fatty foods more so than those who consumed the portion controlled diet. These findings support the use of low-fat diets to increase satiety in obesity treatment.

Newman LP, Bolhuis DP, Torres SJ, Keast RSJ. Dietary fat restriction increases fat taste sensitivity in people with obesity. Obesity. Published online January 6, 2016.

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