Thursday, 15 May 2008

The Sweet Tooth Gene

According to scientists in Canada, based at the University of Toronto, they had discovered a genetic basis for the sweet tooth a sweet tooth gene they are calling (appropriately enough), GLUT2 (though it apparently stands for GLUcose Transporter rather than gluttony).

It seems that those with the gene consistently consumed more sucrose (table sugar), fructose (simple sugar), and glucose, no matter their age or sex, than those without it.

The scientists discovered that those with GLUT2, in the older group consumed up to 30 grams of sugar a day more than those without it and those in the younger group with the variation drank up to five times more sugary drinks - and 20 times more sweets.

So it may turn out taking in more sugar and the corresponding tendancy to put on weight, rot your teeth and get diabetes may be genetic.

So for those of you with the genetic variant the good news is that there may be no need to feel guilty about having a sweet tooth.

The bad news is that there is still the need to deal with it - and it may be more difficult…

1 comment:

jmb said...

Well at least we have an genuine scientific excuse now.