The Dessert Dimension: Genes related to Sweet Taste Receptors, Sweet Taste Preferences, its Association with Alcohol Consumption and dental Caries Incidence – A Literature Synthesis and scoping Review
Keywords:sweet preference, genetics, dental caries, alcohol.
Sweet taste is considered to be the most desirable taste category. With recent advances and gene mapping
techniques, the genes associated with sweet taste were identified, namely, TAS1R family and the Sac
locus. In this review, we have tried to summarise the association of sweet taste and genetics, involving the
studies related to sweet taste receptors, sweet taste preferences and how sweet taste preference can become
a potential phenotype that influences alcohol intake and dental caries. The PubMed and Google Scholar
databases were searched for articles using keywords ‘sweet taste’, ‘genes’, ‘sweet taste preferences’, ‘sweet
taste and alcohol’, ‘dental caries’, etc. The process also involved hand searching using references.
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