Evolutionary Explanations of Food Preferences

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1. Which study found when their p’s rated the bitterness of vegetables some containing glucosinates which are known to be toxic, individuals with bitter taste receptor gene rated the vegetables with the glucosinates as 60% more bitter?

  • Bernstein and Webster
  • Sandell and Breslin
  • Milton
  • Garcia et al.
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2. What did Bernstein and Webster find?

  • European cultures pair similar tasting foods and Asian cultures pair opposing tasting foods
  • When patients were given the novel ice-cream before chemotherapy it lead to taste aversion,
  • Rats that became ill from radiation shortly after eating saccharin developed an aversion to it quickly avoiding it,

3. Which study found that European cultures pair similar tasting foods and Asian cultures pair opposing tasting foods?

  • Barabasi et al.
  • Bernstein and Webster
  • Milton
  • Sandell and Breslin

4. What did Garcia et al. find?

  • When patients were given the novel ice-cream before chemotherapy it lead to taste aversion,
  • Rats that became ill from radiation shortly after eating saccharin developed an aversion to it quickly avoiding it,
  • European cultures pair similar tasting foods and Asian cultures pair opposing tasting foods

5. What did Milton suggest?

  • Without a meat diet humans would not have evolved into the intelligent and active species that humans are and this would have been impossible to do so using a vegetarian diet
  • European cultures pair similar tasting foods and Asian cultures pair opposing tasting foods

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