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Who/What is a supertaster? (CNN video link)

Who/What is a supertaster? (CNN video link)

A supertaster is a person who experiences the sense of taste with far greater intensity than average.
There is great influence of genetic variation in taste perception (6-n-propylthiouracil [PROP] taste sensitivity) and/or Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) on oral sensations and food choice (bitter vegetables, dark chocolates, teas, coffees, etc.). And this in turn may show a role of PROP/PTC taster status as a marker for dietary behaviors that predisposes individuals to increased body weight.

Whether or not you can taste PROP/PTC may help identify your risk for becoming obese and/or developing cardiovascular disease.

Me I’m a supertaster. When exposed to PROP or PTC, I tend to have a pretty violent reaction that affects my taste buds for a day or two no matter how much I rinse. But I don’t seem to be benefiting from the lower BMI aspects of supertasters as Dr. Beverly Tepper of Rutgers suggests. My husband is a firm non-taster, but also doesn’t follow the BMI predictions. But it definitely predicts our food choices and enjoyment of meals as we clearly have different tastes.

Are you a taster?

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