Aims: Sweet preference has been reported to be associated with various health problems. This study examined the influence of sweet taste preference on the risk of dyslipidemia in Korean middle-aged women.Methods: The study selected 3,609 middle-aged women from the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study (KoGES) and classified them into two groups on the basis of whether or not they preferred sweet taste. Dietary intake was analyzed using a semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire. Serum lipid profiles and anthropo-metric variables were measured.Results: Subjects who preferred the sweet taste had significantly higher intakes of sugar products and sweet drink than those who did not prefer the sweet taste. Subjects who preferred the sweet taste showed higher carbohydrate and fat intake and less fiber intake than those who did not prefer the sweet taste. The serum concentrations of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol were significantly higher in subjects who preferred the sweet taste than those who did not prefer. Furthermore, subjects who preferred the sweet taste showed a significantly higher odds ratio (OR) for hypercholesterolemia (OR 1.22; 95% CI (1.01–1.45)) and hyper-LDL cholesterolemia (OR 1.33; 95% CI (1.11–1.60)) than those who did not prefer the sweet taste.Conclusion: Our results suggested that preference for sweet taste may increase the consumption of sugar products and sweet drinks, which is partially linked to the risk of hypercholesterolemia and hyper-LDL cholesterolemia in Korean middle-aged women.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was provided with bioresources from the National Biobank of Korea, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Republic of Korea (4845-301, 4851-302, and -307) and supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the BK 21 plus (No. 22A20130012143).
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- Hyper-LDL cholesterolemia
- Sugar product
- Sweet preference