Medindia

X

Western Compulsion for Junk Food Linked to Climate?

by Kathy Jones on  July 15, 2011 at 8:04 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
A new study conducted by Scottish researchers suggests that climatic conditions have forced the genetic makeup of westerners to crave for more fatty food and alcohol compared to Asians.
 Western Compulsion for Junk Food Linked to Climate?
Western Compulsion for Junk Food Linked to Climate?
Advertisement

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen revealed that they found the genetic switch which controls galanin gene, associated with hunger and thirst in the body, to be stronger among Europeans compared to Asians.

Advertisement
The researchers speculate that it was because of the colder climate in the region with only those who ate and drank more being able to withstand the harsher climate and live longer. Lead researcher Dr Alasdair MacKenzie said that historically people have always relied on fatty food and alcohol to provide them with extra calories.

"It is possible that during the winter individuals with the weaker switch may not have survived as well in Europe as those with the stronger switch and as a result those in the west have evolved to favour a high fat and alcohol-rich diet", Dr MacKenzie wrote in the report that has been published in the journal Neuropsychopharmocology.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All