'Sweet tooth' linked to fruit consumption

July 26, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News

'Sweet tooth' linked to fruit consumption
French and American researchers have discovered that people who have a �sweet tooth� and crave sweet foods, tend to eat more fruit.

The new research, published in the July issue of the journal Appetite, was based on data from the USDA\'s Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII) to compare average intake of sweet and salty snacks and total fruit intake for over 14,000 individuals.

It was found that people who were frequent consumers of fruit were also frequent consumers of sweet snacks, and people who preferred salty snacks consumed less fruit.

Researchers peculate that these findings might be useful since knowing if a person likes one type of food, food and nutritional scientists should be better able to predict what other types of foods he or she might prefer.

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