Obese female smokers were less perceptive of creaminess, sweetness and pleasure when given vanilla puddings compared with their slimmer and nonsmoking counterparts, a study indicated. "The ability to perceive fat and sweetness in and derive pleasure from foods is particularly compromised in obese women who smoke, which could contribute to excess calorie intake in this population already at high risk for cardiovascular and metabolic disease," researchers reported in the journal Obesity.

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