Smoking and Food Craving

Smokers beware. In addition to lung cancer, it appears that cigarette smoking alters your food taste sensitivity sensor and causes you to crave for starchy food.

A research done by Monell Chemical Senses Center found that women smokers were less sensitive to sweet taste compared to non smokers. Additionally, the researchers concluded that cigarette smoking caused smokers to crave for high fat and starchy foods. The more they smoke, the more they crave.


"We found that food cravings were associated with nicotine dependence ... the more intense the cravings for cigarettes, the more frequent the cravings for foods high in fat and carbohydrates"(ref)


The researchers studied two groups of women, smokers and never-smoker. Some of the participants had a family history of alcoholism.

The research finding stated nicotine dependence and craving was related. The more cigarettes you crave the more high fat and high starchy foods that you crave. In addition to craving, sensory buds on smokers were proven to be duller. Whether this is a good thing or bad thing in relation with weight gain, the researchers didn’t clearly state. Well, I guess if you have difficulty in recognizing sweet taste, then you would need to eat really strong sweet stuffs in order to satisfy your sweet teeth.

In regard of alcoholism history, those with family alcoholism history (both smokers and never smokers) craved more sweet foods and had stronger preference over sweet foods compared to those with no family alcoholism history.

Another reason to quit smoking?

Read the research detail here, news via Yahoo.

6 comments:

  1. Matthias Gaspar said...

    There's an old myth which says people who quit smoking gain weight, what do you think about it?

  2. Reuben said...

    Bad news for those with alcoholism family history. But it all comes back to who has strong willpower to resist the craving and who doesn't.

  3. Anonymous said...

    Quitting smoking won't make you gain weight. It's your 'new habit' that makes you gain weight. Most ex smokers need something to replace the presence of cigarettes in their mouth, and most of them end up eating or chewing more than they need.

  4. Soju said...

    I wouldn't be surprised if my grandfather drank more alcohol than water during his spell. I have sweet teeth and hot throat.

  5. cymrusteve said...

    Smoking isn't healthy on many levels. Must be very tough to quit though - I can only imagine...

  6. Cherry said...

    Yes it's not healthy but it actually also makes people crave for certain type of food as well.



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