People with a Sweet Tooth Have Less Body Fat

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Researchers discovered that people with a sweet tooth have a predisposition to less body fat than others, according to new study published on April 11, 2018.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen, revealed that people with a gene variation of FGF21 is what makes people excessively crave sugar and particularly eat more sugar than others. The presence of this gene variant is linked with less body fat.

Contrary to popular belief, the study reveals that people who eat more sugar should have less body fat.

Effects associated with this genetic variation are not all positive. As increased blood pressure and higher accumulation of fat around the waist than the hips is seen among these people, thus giving them a more apple shape.

The researchers studied health information from over 450,000 individuals who have allowed their data to be recorded in the U.K. Biobank. It includes blood samples, questionnaires on diet, and genetic data.

Now that so many people are involved in the study, it gives our conclusions a certain robustness. Even though the difference in the amount of body fat or blood pressure level is only minor depending on whether or not the person has this genetic variation or not, we are very confident that the results are accurate. Around 20 per cent of the European population has this genetic predisposition” says Niels Grarup, lead author of the study.

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