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August 5, 1983

Studies show the obese may prefer fats to sweets

JAMA. 1983;250(5):579-583. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340050007003

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Just a spoonful of sugar helps the dietary fat go down. According to recent research, people who claim to dislike any bovine-derived beverage except skim milk express a strong preference for heavy cream spiked with a dollop of sucrose.

These findings were presented by Adam Drewnowski, PhD, assistant professor, Laboratory of Human Behavior and Metabolism, Rockefeller University, New York City, and M.R.C. Greenwood, PhD, professor of biology, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, at the recent Chicago meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

In their study, Drewnowski and Greenwood administered chilled milk products—skim milk, with 0.1% fat; whole milk, with 3.5% fat; half-and-half, with 11.7% fat; heavy cream, with 37.6% fat; and heavy cream plus 15% safflower oil added to boost its fat content to 52.6% —to five male and 11 female under-graduates of normal weight. In randomized order each drink was given alone and mixed with