Now we can devise new methods of losing weight because we found that obesity reduces taste buds

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Obesity and taste buds

Do you know why everything tastes differently after losing weight? Obesity dulls the sense of taste, study suggests. Researchers found that within eight weeks of becoming obese, mice lost 25% of their taste buds. The findings suggest that weight gain not only changes appetite but may also fundamentally alter the way taste is perceived.

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Your taste buds will be reduced because of inflammation arising from obesity. Obesity stops the process of your taste bud renewal. Asa result you will eat even more. This was the finding from a study led by New York University researcher Ken Cadwell and published in PLoS.

The abstract of the study reads.

Despite evidence that the ability to taste is weakened by obesity and can be rescued with weight loss intervention, few studies have investigated the molecular effects of obesity on the taste system. Taste bud cells undergo continual turnover even in adulthood, exhibiting an average life span of only a few weeks, tightly controlled by a balance of proliferation and cell death. Recent data reveal that an acute inflammation event can alter this balance. We demonstrate that chronic low-grade inflammation brought on by obesity reduces the number of taste buds in gustatory tissues of mice—and is likely the cause of taste dysfunction seen in obese populations—by upsetting this balance of renewal and cell death.

Is This Reversible?

Is this reversible? If someone loses a lot of weight, does their sense of taste get better? The study is not clear on this question. But people who have lost a significant amount of weight say that they now love the taste of vegetables. They say when they were fat they didn't like the taste of vegetables. According to what they say, vegetables tasted like bitter and mostly flavorless mush. But now after losing 100-140 lbs their attitude and taste toward vegetables has changed.

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Therefore, it may be possible that taste bud reduction is reversible. This is why everything tastes differently after you lose a significant amount of pounds.

On the other hand, there are those who say while they have never been obese, ate poorly and unhealthy. And after working for over a year now on fixing their diet a lot of vegetables still taste bad to them, but they say they are working on it.

Benefits of Eating Fruits and Vegetables

If you are trying to lose weight it helps to find healthy foods that you like. Try different vegetables, you might be surprised at what you end up liking. If you haven't developed taste buds for vegetables here are 10 interesting ways to eat more vegetables.

Eating fruits and vegetables not only helps your weight loss but also eases your anxiety and reduces depression. Apparently, this App can help you to eat more vegetables.

Finally, eating fruits and vegetables have other benefits as well: well-being and happiness, reports Denise Reynolds of eMaxHealth.

Let us know in the comments section below how many times do you eat fruits and vegetables per week. How did you develope a taste for them? Was it a big challenge?

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