Interesting facts

Our genetic makeup determines our appearance (the colour of our hair and eyes, if we are tall or short) and how we respond to different external factors (nutrients, physical activities, medications). Our DNA can explain how we metabolize certain substances and how our body can lose and gain weight.

Scientists believe that our longing for sweets is a biological preference that may have been designed to ensure our survival. The liking for sweet tastes in our ancient evolution may have ensured the acceptance of sweet-tasting foods, such as breast milk and vitamin-rich fruits. Moreover, recent research suggests that we crave sweets for their pain-reducing properties.

The first carrots looked nothing like they do today. Originally, these vegetables were purple or white with a thin root. The orange carrots we know and eat today are the result of a genetic mutation in the late 16th century that won out over the original color.

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