Do you prefer coffee or tea? Perhaps the real question should be do you like the bitter taste of chemicals or the organic mellow hint of nature? A study says it may be about your genetics. This is linked to the presence of absence of genes that affect how bitter tastes to us.
Do you know anybody who loathes the taste of pine nuts? They taste rotten to them and it’s a genetic thing. Where do we get our genes? Duh. Obviously it’s our mom and dad who dole-out the cards. Nature versus nurture randomly choose which one can be turned-on and turned-off.
Back to the coffee or tea subject. Researchers found that the bitter molecule in coffee is similar to quinine, a molecule in tonic water. It just so happens that the tonic water molecule is lab-generated but it also is found in Brussel sprouts, which clearly are not. I like coffee and Brussel sporouts. Tonic water? Not so much.
I enjoy the spike of energy coffee gives me. I also enjoy the subtle ‘perk’ I get from green tea or yerba mate. But this study says that people who enjoy coffee so much that they are a hey coffee drinker, meaning they drink 4 or more cups a day. That’s not me.
Yes, I like coffee. I’m not a heavy coffee drinker. Yes, I like tea. Not a heavy drinker there, either. Our genes do draft a blueprint of what we can become but they are not the be-all, end-all of it. It’s like a weather forecast. Be prepared for anything.
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