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Gene Defect Linked To Fat Preference

By wochit 06 October 2016

Researchers at Cambridge University in England have studied the specific gene variant MC4R to try to determine a link between genetics and food preferences. When given foods of varying fat and sugar contents, obese people with an MC4R defect showed preference for foods higher in fat and ate less food higher in sugar. Lead researcher Sadaf Farooqi said, “Fat delivers twice as many calories per gram as carbohydrates or protein and can be readily stored in our bodies. Having a pathway that tells you to eat more fat at the expense of sugar…would be a very useful way of defending against starvation.”