Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is one of the most common systemic diseases in childhood which predisposes the patient to serious short-term and long-term complications, affecting all body systems. Taste and olfactory impairments were first described a long time ago in adult patients affected by diabetes (both type 1 and type 2 diabetes). However, studies evaluating taste perception, behavioral attitudes (e.g., food neophobia), and preferences toward foods in children and adolescents affected by T1D are globally lacking. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess taste sensitivity, food neophobia, and preferences among children and adolescents affected by T1D and healthy controls in a cross-sectional study. T1D patients presented a significantly lower ability in general to correctly identify taste qualities, especially bitter and sour tastes. Moreover, they were characterized by fewer fungiform papillae compared to controls, as well as a lower responsiveness to the bitter compound 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP). There were no significant differences in food neophobia scores between the two groups, but differences were observed in the mean hedonic ratings for some product categories investigated. Diabetic patients showed a greater liking for certain type of foods generally characterized by sourness and bitterness, an observation probably linked to their impaired ability to perceive taste stimuli, e.g., sourness and bitterness. These results may help to enhance the understanding of these relationships in populations with elevated diet-related health risks.
Associations among taste perception, food neophobia and preferences in type 1 diabetes children and adolescents: A cross-sectional study / C. Mameli, C. Cattaneo, L. Lonoce, G. Bedogni, F.C. Redaelli, M. Macedoni, G. Zuccotti, E. Pagliarini. - In: NUTRIENTS. - ISSN 2072-6643. - 11:12(2019 Dec), pp. 3052.1-3052.12.
|Titolo:||Associations among taste perception, food neophobia and preferences in type 1 diabetes children and adolescents: A cross-sectional study|
MAMELI, CHIARA (Primo)
CATTANEO, CAMILLA (Secondo) (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Diabetes mellitus; Food neophobia; Fungiform papillae; Liking; PROP; Taste; Type 1 diabetes|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/15 - Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari|
Settore MED/38 - Pediatria Generale e Specialistica
|Data di pubblicazione:||dic-2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu11123052|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|