Blame bad mood for your sweet tooth
Craving a slice or two of a gooey chocolate cake, or want to sink your teeth into a raasgulla dripping with sugar syrup? Well, you may go indulge your sweet tooth, but ask yourself what’s really bothering you? A recent research has found that those who suffer defeat or are in negative emotional states tend to crave sweets more than those in a positive frame of mind.
The research published in the journal Appetite focused on how a person’s emotional state — particularly in the competitive world of sports — affects the perception of taste. “We found how emotions arising from the outcome of hockey games influenced the perception of sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami (savoury) taste, in addition to hedonic responses — or how much they liked or disliked the foods,” says Robin Dando, assistant professor of food science at Cornell University in USA.
“In times of negative affect, foods of a less pleasurable nature become