London: People who find some vegetables like sprouts and broccoli unbearably bitter are better at fighting off bugs due to chemicals in their nose, researchers say.Experiments found that such people have more receptors that pick up the flavour of these foods and also work as an early warning system about bacterial invaders.The researchers found that hating sprouts could actually mean you get ill less often and said that a third of people have a ``supertaster`` gene that makes sprouts taste bitter - but mean they can fight infection.They were traditionally thought to be located only on the tongue but are now known to be in the linings of the nasal and sinus cavities as well.These receptors are also involved in activating the body``s natural defence against common infections.However, almost a third of the population do not have the specific version of the bitter taste receptor gene called TAS2R38 that activates an immune response."If you are a supertaster, it is going to be very rare you are going to get sinusitis," the Daily Mail quoted Dr Noam Cohen from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States as saying.
Rahul Gandhi addresses FICCI meet
Is AAP afraid to form a govt?
Adarsh scam: A tale of greed and nepotism?
Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recommends President`s rule in Delhi