Sweet taste’s ability to reduce pain is related to both sweet liking and body weight
Its no secret that children like sweet-tasting foods and beverages. Its also known that sweet taste acts as an analgesic in children, reducing their perception of pain. Now researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center report in the current issue of the journal Pain that the analgesic efficacy of sweet taste is influenced both by how much a child likes sweet taste and by the childs weight status.
"Some children like sweets not just because they taste good, but also because sweets make them feel good," explains senior author Julie Mennella, Ph.D. "This study further reveals that for children, sweetness effectiveness as an analgesic is related to liking for sweet taste and also to weight status."
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