Washington: Australian researchers have found a novel way of helping overweight people drop some kilos - retraining their taste buds by switching to low-fat diet.
They have found that overweight and obese people who regularly tuck into fatty foods are less able to taste fat.
As fat promotes fullness, if a person is insensitive to fat their body will not send out signals telling them they are full and need to stop eating.
However the researchers at Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research found that switching to a low fat diet made people more sensitive to tasting fat, increasing their ability to feel full faster and stop overeating.
The study showed being on a low-fat diet makes overweight and obese people more sensitive to fatty tastes,” said the centres Associate Professor Russell Keast.
“It was interesting that we could improve fat sensitivity of overweight/obese people with low fat diets - in a sense train their tastebuds to be more sensitive to fat,” he said.
The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity and Clinical Nutrition.