Boys more likely than girls to have sweet tooth

May 23rd, 2009 - 12:28 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 23 (ANI): Boys have a sweeter tooth than girls, a new food study has found.

In order to recognise how tasty food is, boys on an average need 10 per cent more sourness and 20 per cent more sweetness.

However, boys prefer wild and extreme tastes compared to the muted flavours favoured by girls, the figures revealed.

In order to reach the conclusion, researchers tested the tasting ability of nearly 9,000 schoolchildren by giving them a sample testing kit and asking them questions on their food habits, reports The Telegraph.

The study, surprisingly, found that 30 per cent of volunteers said they would prefer non-sugary soft drinks.

Meanwhile, the greatest shift in recognising taste comes between the ages of 13-14.

Bodil Allesen-Holm, who led the study, said: “According to the findings, healthy snacks could easily be developed for boys with slightly extreme and sour flavours.”

The study was carried out by researchers from the Danish Science Communication and food scientists from the faculty of life scientists at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark. (ANI)

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