Friday, May 5, 2017

Could Genetics Influence What We Like To Eat?

Gene variants that affect the way our brain works could also affect our primary diet, and what we like to eat even if they are not good for us. Silvia Berciano, an undergrad at the University of Madrid, presents his findings and states that most have trouble changing their dietary habits because of specific brain genes that people have predetermined preferences. These preferences can make it extremely easy or extremely hard for someone to eat healthier and improve their well-being. These genes are similar to those that are said to cause anorexia and bulimia. This could also explain why this disease can be seen amongst family members. I find this article to be especially interesting because I have know individuals who were a mother and daughter who both struggled with eating disorders. I think genes can have a lot to do with one's feelings towards food.

Medical Press

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