The study was performed by researchers from Deakin University (Australia), the University of Adelaide (Australia), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, Australia), and Massey University (New Zealand).
The summary of the study has been published in a recent 2010 issue of the British Journal of Nutrition.
The researchers had participants taste three different types of a modified milk drink. One of the samples contained fat.
They found that people varied in their ability to taste fat in the milk sample.
Those subjects better able to taste the fat in the milk sample were found to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those less able to taste the fat.
BMI is a measure of one's body fat (mass in kilograms divided by height in meters squared).
Page two provides comments from Dr. Russell Keast, one of the Australian researchers in the study.