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Table 6 Proportion of cases that were not able to complete their daily energy requirements was higher between patients with sweet and bitter DT and RT above the median compared to patients with normal taste thresholds

From: Influence of taste disorders on dietary behaviors in cancer patients under chemotherapy

Threshold Energy requirement (%) p Energy requirement p
  No Yes   Media ± SD  
Sweet DT      
≥ 6.4 μmol/ml 87.5 12.5 0.03* -632 ± 361 0.05
<6.4 μmol/ml 40.9 59.1   -32 ± 162  
Sweet RT      
≥ 8.9 μmol/ml 83.3 16.7 0.05 -428 ± 2.58 0.06
<8.9 μmol/ml 37.5 62.5   14.7 ± 8.2  
Bitter DT      
≥ 92 μmol/ml 66.7 33.3 0.65* -487.4 ± 211 0.03
<92 μmol/ml 50 50   66.0 ± 215  
Bitter RT      
≥ 100 μmol/ml 66.7 33.3 0.05 -208 ± 188 0.82
<100 μmol/ml 50 50   -126 ± 162  
Threshold Protein requirement (%) p Protein requirement p
  No Yes   Media ± SD  
Sweet DT      
≥ 6.4 μmol/ml 55.6 44.4 0.76 -15.6 ± 13.5 0.25
<6.4 μmol/ml 50 50   7.9 ± 9.5  
Sweet RT      
≥ 8.9 μmol/ml 71.4 28.6 0.06 -12.2 ± 6.6 0.07
<8.9 μmol/ml 37.5 62.5   13.7 ± 12.4  
Bitter DT      
≥ 92 μmol/ml 66.7 33.3 1.0* -13.2 ± 7.6 0.19
<92 μmol/ml 50 50   14.6 ± 12.7  
Bitter RT      
≥ 100 μmol/ml 43.8 56.3 0.26 1.4 ± 9.7 0.9
<100 μmol/ml 64.3 35.7   2.5 ± 11.3  
  1. DT = detection threshold
  2. RT = recognition threshold
  3. SD = standard deviation
  4. μmol/ml = micromole/millimeter
  5. Mann-Whitney U test
  6. * Fisher' s Exact Test