Calcium taste preference and sensitivity in humans: I. Gender comparisons

Micah Leshem, Tamy Katz-Levin, Jay Schulkin

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Calcium is an essential nutrient, particularly during growth and during reproduction, and the latter is probably why the avidity for calcium may be greater in females of some species. However, in humans, despite widespread belief in calcium appetite, it has not been studied experimentally. Here we compared the hedonic responses of 17 men and 24 women to test whether women show a greater avidity for calcium in line with its greater biological significance for them. We find no gender difference in the hedonic response to calcium, and no change with the menstrual cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-407
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2003

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Supported by Israel–U.S. Binational Science Foundation Grant no. 94-00206/1 to ML and JS.


  • Calcium
  • Calcium appetite
  • Human
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Reproduction
  • Taste preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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