Coffee is the top beverage people take all over the world next to water. Most people cannot start their day without having a cup of coffee. Surprisingly, there seems to be a connection between our drinking preference and our lifestyle.

Shocked? Don’t be. Your genetics have some explaining to do.

How They Conducted the Experiment

The first thing the researchers did is to categorize beverages into two: sweet-tasting drinks and bitter-tasting drinks. Sweet-tasting includes drinks that are sweetened (both naturally and artificially), while bitter-tasting include wine, beer, grapefruit juices, coffee, tea, and liquor.

They surveyed the number of beverage taken within a 24-hour timeframe of about 336,000 people in UK Biobank where they were asked to answer a questionnaire. They replicated the experiment in three locations in the US.

Does Taste in Beverage Explain Our Diet?

A new study tries to explain our varying taste genes has something to do with our diet. Marilyn Cornelis is surprised to find out that our taste genes are innocent in this matter. The real culprit is the psychoactive ingredient present in the beverage.

It turns out that people like certain drinks because of how it makes them feel, not because of its taste. They highlight that our diet is highly correlated to our behavior. It turns out that beverage plays a huge role in genetics. And this opens more understanding of how we can intervene in people’s diet.

How Beverage Affects Our Genetics

As the researchers stated, beverages also play a part in diseases and deaths reported every day. They found a mystery gene called FTO. People with a variant of FTO are previously reported to have a lower risk of obesity. In this study, they found these people preferred sugar-sweetened drinks.

They don’t know exactly how the gene is linked to obesity, but it plays a huge role in human behavior; thus, it affects weight management. It is contrary to what people believe in.

This is the deepest study correlating human genes with beverage consumption.