Sex Differences in Taste Preference for Glucose and Saccharin Solutions

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Science  19 May 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3777, pp. 942-943
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3777.942


Taste preferences of mature male and female rats for caloric and noncaloric sweet solutions have been found to differ. Although females do not drink more water than males, they consume significantly greater quantities of a slightly sweet 3 percent glucose and a very sweet 0.25 percent saccharin solution. When given a choice, males switch their initial preference for a saccharin solution to a preference for a glucose solution after several days, while females maintain a preference for the saccharin solution. Females also prefer significantly higher concentrations of saccharin than males do.