Women may crave sweets after menopause because theyre no longer as able to taste sweet foods. Hormonal changes seem to lower the ability to taste sugar. When Dr. Cagri Delilbasi conducted taste tests on 20 postmenopausal women and compared the results to 20 men of similar age, he found that the women were much less sensitive to sugar, but there was no difference when it came salt, sour or bitter tastes. Only 35% of the women said they’d noticed the change, but 45% said they now craved sweets.

“The decline in sensitivity to sucrose is consistent with the altered diet reported by the female patients,” he says. “This finding is interesting as no previous report about failure of sucrose perception, and thus preference for sweeter food in menopausal women could be found.”

Some of us may crave sweets more than others, but we all crave inner peace.

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