Tea or coffee? It seems that the taste is determined partly by genetics, according to a study conducted among the British and published in the scientific journal Nature.
"A very large sample was used in the study" to prove it "bitter perception It affects the consumption of tea and coffee, "said AFP Dr. Daniel Liang-Dar Hwang of the Australian University of Brisbane, co-author of the study.
Paradoxically, people with a greater sensitivity The bitter taste of coffee includes those who drink more. This "suggests that coffee consumers develop their taste or ability detect caffeine"said professor of preventive medicine Marilyn Cornelis, co-author of the study.
'Genetics plays a slightly more important role in the perception of bitterness than sweetness,' explains Liang-Dar Hwang.
Our behavior also influences the perception of tastes. "Even if we, people, naturally do not like bitterness, we can learn to appreciate bitter dishes"explained the researcher.
"Coffee drinkers are generally less sensitive than people who drink tea for bitterness and are more likely to appreciate this taste in other products, like green vegetables. "