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Are your intestinal cells “tasting” the sweet meals that you eat? Researchers at the University of York in England say they are. Some cells in your intestine resemble the taste buds on your tongue, and researchers have suggested for some time that perhaps these cells are sensing the composition of the meals that you eat. Now George L. Kellett's group at the University of York has provided evidence that these cells are, indeed, “tasting” sugars by the same means that our taste buds do. You might think, “So what! I’m not interested in biochemistry.” And I won’t bore you with the details. If you’re interested, you can read the abstract of the research here . But here’s the interesting part. It seems that these cells sense not only glucose, but artificial sweeteners as well. This makes a lot of sense if they use the same mechanism that the taste buds do. If it tastes sweet, the intestinal cells will react as if it’s sugar. And here’s how this information affec...
My local Coop recently sent out a newsletter that included a picture of some roasted vegetables. My mouth started watering.
Then I thought a bit. Has my diet changed so much that I now crave vegetables, or was I just hungry? So I tried some photographs of other foods.
Hamburger and fries. Ho hum. Didn’t look good at all.
Chocolate milkshake. I could probably drink that, but it would be too sweet for my current tastes. Not mouthwatering.
Blueberry pie. That was always my favorite, and I’ve often said that if we heard that a comet was heading for Earth so we had only 24 hours before Earth exploded, I’d bake a blueberry pie and eat the whole thing. But would it really taste that good? Again, it would be too sweet, and I can cook blueberries and add a touch of fake sugar plus roasted almonds for crunch. Who needs the pie. Better to spend those 24 hours doing something else. Maybe converting to a religion that guaranteed an afterlife with a mon...
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