Blame bad mood for your sweet tooth

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure -

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

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