Bitter flavors boost hunger hormone
Experiments in mice may explain aperitif's allure
By Rachel Ehrenberg, 17:37 PM January 18, 2011
A nip of Pernod or Ouzo before dinner to stimulate the appetite may be a sound strategy.
When mouse gut cells are stimulated with bitter compounds they trigger secretion of a hunger hormone, researchers report online January 18 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Whetting the appetite with a before-dinner drink, or aperitif — from the Latin aprire, to open — has long been associated with improved digestion. The often bitter drinks typically contain a secret mixture of...
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