People who find vegetables like sprouts and broccoli unbearably bitter are better at fighting off bugs due to chemicals in their nose, researchers say.
Experiments found that such people have more receptors that pick up the flavour of these foods and also work as an early warning system about bacterial invaders.
The researchers found that hating sprouts could actually mean you get ill less often and said that a third of people have a ‘supertaster’ gene that makes sprouts taste bitter — but mean they can fight infection.
These receptors are also involved in activating the body’s natural defence against common infections.
“If you are a supertaster, it is going to be very rare you are going to get sinusitis,” the Daily Mail quoted Dr Noam Cohen from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States as saying. However, he added that this bitter-tasting ability does not protect against all infections.