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Westerners ‘programmed to eat junk food’
July 14, 2011
Scientists at Aberdeen University have discovered that those of European origin are more likely to have genes which urge them to gorge on fatty foods, beer and wine, than Asians.
Dr Alasdair MacKenzie explained that the genes controlled the strength of a “switch” that helped determine appetite.
He said: “The switch controls the areas of the brain which allows us to select which foods we would like to eat and if it is turned on too strongly we are more likely to crave fatty foods and alcohol.”
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