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Sweet Taste Study


Researchers at the School of Food and Nutrition at Massey University are looking for female volunteers to participate in the Sweet Taste Study to understand the relationship between sweet taste perception and food choice.

Over the past few decades there has been an increased availability and consumption of low cost, readily available food and beverage products that are high in added sugar. Taste sensitivity to sweet varies considerably between individuals. As variations in taste sensitivity influences food choice, and thereby affects quality of life, there is much interest to understand the role of taste perception in the way people select food and how much they consume. Therefore the main aim of the project is to understand the relationship between sweet taste perception and food intake and behaviour.

Human Ethics approval

“This project has been evaluated by peer review and judged to be low risk. Consequently, it has not been reviewed by one of the University’s Human Ethics Committees. The researcher(s) named above are responsible for the ethical conduct of this research. If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research that you wish to raise with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact Professor John O’Neill, Director, Research Ethics, telephone 06 350 5249, email”.


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To download the complete participant information sheet in pdf click here  Sweet taste information sheet (406 KB)

Recruitment for this study has now been completed. Thank you to all who took part.

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