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How sweet it isn't: Diminished taste function affects cancer patients' food intake

19:00 EST 5 Nov 2019 | AAAS

(University of Massachusetts Amherst) In a review of 11 studies 'that psychophysically measured taste and smell function and assessed some aspect of food behavior,' a University of Massachusetts Amherst sensory scientist found a reduced taste function, particularly for sweet flavors, among people with cancer. And that diminished taste was associated with a reduced appetite; avoidance of certain foods, including meat; and a lower intake of calories and protein.

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