International Journal of
Nutrition and Metabolism

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nutr. Metab.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2332
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNAM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 110

Full Length Research Paper

Marked differences of fat taste sensitivity between obese and lean subjects

Gado Dramane*
  • Gado Dramane*
  • Departement of life sciences, Normal Superior School of Natitingou, University of Parakou, 03PB212 Parakou, Bénin.
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Samuel Gnanka
  • Samuel Gnanka
  • Regional Institute of Industrial Engineering and Biotechnology (IRGIB-Africa), Cotonou, Bénin.
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Virgile Ahyi
  • Virgile Ahyi
  • Regional Institute of Industrial Engineering and Biotechnology (IRGIB-Africa), Cotonou, Bénin.
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  •  Received: 21 February 2015
  •  Accepted: 13 July 2015
  •  Published: 31 January 2016

Abstract

Obesity is a risk factor for several diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular complications. It is established that there is a difference of taste perception between lean and obese subjects. We used alternative forced-choice method to evaluate linoleic acid (LA) sensitivity in 58 West African subjects. LA sensitivity is inversely correlated with the body mass index and the waist circumference, and obesity biomarkers are higher as body mass index (BMI) increase. Our work suggests differences of fat taste sensitivity between BMI categories. Moreover, waist circumference was positively correlated with reduced fat taste sensitivity.

Keys words: Obesity, body mass index (BMI), fatty acid sensitivity.