Hoppy beers are famous as a driver of craft brewing, notably Escondido’s Stone Brewing Co. But the challenging taste of hops goes far beyond the palate. According to a new study from Scripps Research scientists, the bitter flavor literally reaches into your gut.
Moreover, chemicals in hops called isohumulones may help control obesity, type 2 diabetes and other diseases.
Intestinal taste receptors detect isohumulones, according to the study. While the work was performed in mice and needs to be confirmed in humans, it’s already known that people also have taste receptors in their gut.
Previous research indicates that intestinal taste receptors influence the production of...