Do Weight Loss Drugs Affect How Food Tastes?

The buzz around semaglutide, the main active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy, shows no signs of quieting anytime soon. In fact, interest is on the rise and anecdotal side effects of these Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 (GLP-1) medications are still coming to light.

You may have heard about Ozempic buttOzempic face, and even Ozempic personality. Now, a new small study indicates that these types of medications may influence people’s sense of taste. The study, presented at ENDO 2024, (the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Boston, MA) looked into how semaglutide might impact taste sensitivity. It’s important to point out that this study has not yet been peer-reviewed or published in a medical journal, and only looked at 30 women.

Previous research has shown that people with obesity often perceive tastes less “intensely,” and they have an inherently elevated desire for sweet and energy-dense food, Mojca Jensterle Sever, Ph.D., study author, said in a press release

Excerpted from KOAT 7

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