Did you ever wonder if the changes in smell and taste after surgery were all in your head? A new study sets the record straight and hopefully your mind at ease—73% of gastric bypass patients note a change in the way foods taste. Those who responded to the study noted that sweet and sour tastes had the biggest change. Forty-two percent reported a change in smells. And not surprisingly 73% reported aversion to specific foods after surgery—mostly meats. Although I have to wonder if avoiding meats has as much to do with the “discomfort” they can cause if a dry, tough, or too-large bite is taken.

The author noted that these changes in smell, taste and food aversions should be viewed as positive since they seem to help to spur weight loss. The study didn’t look for the cause of the taste and smell perceptions.

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