People tend to want to have sugar because of the taste receptors that send signals to the brain. They say people get a large amount of their calories from sugar each day. In order to test whether or not people want sugar for more than just the taste, they gave animals a sugary drink and a non sugary drink even though they don’t have the taste buds for sugar. This suggests that your brain and body can detect sugar even if you can’t taste it.
- Sugar is one of the most common food additives and can be addictive.
- Because we need sugar for energy, we have evolved specific taste receptors for it in the mouth.
- However, studies from mice suggest that part of the gut can also recognize sugar.
“This suggests that the body may recognize sugar in another area, perhaps further down the digestive pathway.”