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Coffee or tea? The answer might be in your genes

Do you prefer tea or coffee? The answer to that question might be down to your genes, research suggests.

Scientists say a genetic predisposition to perceiving the bitterness of particular substances appears to nudge us towards one beverage or the other.

Dr Marilyn Cornelis, co-author of the research from Northwestern University in Illinois, said: “The study adds to our understanding of factors determining beverage preferences – taste, in particular – and why, holding all other factors constant, we still see marked between person differences in beverage preference as well as the amount we consume.”


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