Weight Management Fat Taste Perception

Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Fat Taste Perception is


What does this mean?

 Your genotype indicates that you have typical sensitivity to fat taste. Sensitivity to fat taste may affect one's eating habits, and high fat intake may lead to health issues.

How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?

This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Fat Taste Perception.

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Genes: CD36_intron9
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This report does not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice. This should not be used as a diagnostic tool.
This result is limited to existing scientific research.
Please consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes or if you have any other concerns about your results.

What is Fat Taste Perception?

Fat can be perceived through taste (sensitivity for detecting the fatty acid), texture (creaminess, oiliness and thickness), and scent. Fats are broken down into fatty acids, which are responsible for the "fat taste" when dissolved in the saliva. This allows the sensory perception of fat by taste buds of the tongue. Detection of volatile fatty acids by smell or mouthfeel are associated with enhanced enjoyable eating experiences. Taste is important to signal appeal or safety of a food when consumed, providing feedback to the digestive system about the incoming food, and supporting the regulation of satiety. Fat taste perception may influence dietary habits that have long-term health consequences. As fat-rich foods are often palatable, individuals tend to lean towards having a diet rich in fats. This may lead to overconsumption of energy that exceeds the daily recommended intake of fats. Sensitivity to fatty acid taste is related to body composition in which individuals with higher BMI are associated with lower sensitivity to fatty acid. Overconsumption of dietary fat has been suggested to reduce the sensitivity or expression of fat taste receptors. Genetic variations in the expression of taste and smell receptors can also influence one’s eating behaviour, contributing to weight gain.

How It Affects Your Body

Dietary fatty acid deficiency leads to impaired vision, growth retardation, abnormal skin growth and reduced learning ability. However, overconsumption of fat also has negative health impacts such as increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Implications of Fat Overconsumption

Suggested Lifestyle Changes

Dietary Recommendations:

  1. Be mindful of your intake of fatty foods to maintain a healthy diet. According to the Ministry of Health Malaysia, it is recommended that the dietary fat intake of healthy adults should be within a range of 25-30% of the total calories daily.
  2. Avoid or limit your intake of fast foods, cakes, whipped creams, processed foods and salad dressings which are high in fat content.

Lifestyle Recommendations:

  1. Record and keep track of the amount of fats that you consume daily to avoid fat overconsumption.
  2. Develop a habit of reading food labels to understand the content of the food. This helps to cultivate a responsible eating lifestyle.
  3. Instead of frying, opt for healthier cooking styles such as steam, bake, stew or poach to reduce the usage of cooking oils. Frying in fat also contributes to crispiness or crunchiness in pastries, cookies and cakes, thus increasing their palatability.
  4. Do regular health check ups to identify any risk of developing diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attack, and fatty liver disease.

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