When it comes to snacking, do you dream of salty chips and crisps? Or are you more inclined to crave chocolate and cake? Well, the answer as to whether you have a sweet or savoury tooth could be more important than you think, as scientists have found that one group in particular is more likely to gain weight.

Sadly for those of us who would happily swim in a vat of ice cream, it's those with a sweet tooth who are more susceptible to getting fat, the University of Michigan team has found. 

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A study looked at 209 children who were asked to fast for an hour, then eat a substantial lunch. Afterwards they were presented with a tray of sweet and salty snacks and told to eat as many as they wanted.

 In a follow-up, it was found that, by 33 months old, those children who had opted for the sweet treats were more likely to have experienced an increase in body fat, while those who picked at salty treats did not. Dr Julie Lumeng, who led the study, said: 'The tendency to eat when you're not hungry increases with age and could have lifelong implications for weight gain.'

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