Do You Have the Candy Corn Gene?

Does Halloween candy call your name? If you’re powerless against the sweet stuff, it may not be your fault. Scientists at York University recently discovered a gene connected to the body’s pleasure receptors that affects how much a person desires sweet or fatty foods.

The hedonic system – the part of the body that recognizes appetite and reward – contains a gene called OPRM1. When the gene has two dominant traits (G/G), as opposed to one dominant and one recessive (G/g) or two recessive (g/g), the person will feel joy when they eat sweet and fatty foods, causing them to want more of that specific food.1

In the healthy women and men studied during these tests, levels of preference for these foods were also linked to overeating in general.1

If you have trouble controlling yourself around the sweet stuff, remember to have candy as an occasional snack, between healthy foods that can satisfy your hunger and make you feel rewarded at the same time.

1 http://www.drsharma.ca/obesity-opiate-receptor-gene-promotes-sweet-tooth.html


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