Taste for high-fat food ‘in our genes’

Some people are genetically wired to prefer the taste of fatty foods, putting them at increased risk of obesity, according to UK researchers.


The University of Cambridge team offered 54 volunteers unlimited portions of chicken korma, followed by an Eton mess-style dessert.

Some of the meals were packed with fat while others were low-fat versions.

Those with a gene already linked to obesity showed a preference for the high-fat food and ate more of it.