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A Taste of Toxin

A new study shows that your small intestine can “taste” bitter food, and in response releases cholecystokinin, a hormone that, among other things, makes you feel full. Since toxic substances often taste bitter, this is useful because it prevents you from eating more of the toxic food. The implications of this is that by making drugs less bitter, they can hasten the absorption and thus the physiological effect in the body. They also found that bitter substances causes the release of GLP-1 (Glucagon-like Peptide 1), a hormone that stimulates insulin secretion, and this could potentially have implications for the treatment diabetes.

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October 10, 2008 - Posted by | Medicine | , , , , , , , , , ,

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