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Like Bacon? It May Be Your Genetics

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According to a new study, your genes may be what determine if you like the taste of pork or not.

The study had people with variations of an odor receptor gene rate the taste and smell of several pork meat samples.

The receptor is sensitive to androstenone, a steroid similar to the testosterone found in male pigs.

Those with one version of the gene liked the pork samples in both flavor and smell more than the other samplers.

One of the study's directors said:

"When food is in your mouth, odors come from the back of the throat up to the nose. Taste is very complex. It depends on smell and other factors, such as personal experience and genetic background."

Pretty crazy that your genes can determine what kinds of foods you like.

Maybe that's an explanation for why many people have similar tastes to a parent or grandparent.

Science is cool! Also we suddenly want some bacon. LOLz!

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