Pick vanilla to feel happy

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

Felling low? Well, a big help­ing of vanilla yo­ghurt might just be your saviour. Euro­pean re­searchers have re­vealed that our mood is in­flu­enced by be­ing pleas­antly sur­prised or dis­ap­pointed by the taste of food. The team ap­plied this con­cept to yo­ghurt and dis­cov­ered that vanilla had a much more pos­i­tive ef­fect than other flavours.

To de­ter­mine the im­plicit emo­tion, or the un­con­scious emo­tional re­sponse pro­duced by eat­ing cer­tain food items, a re­search team from the Nether­lands, Aus­tria and Fin­land con­ducted an ex­per­i­ment us­ing yo­ghurt. Three groups of at least 24 par­tic­i­pants had to taste pairs of yo­ghurts, each of which had the same brand and was mar­keted in the same way. The only dif­fer­ence be­tween them was the flavour and the fat con­tent. The team used a new method called the Emo­tive Pro­jec­tion Test, which con­sisted of show­ing the par­tic­i­pants pho­to­graphs of var­i­ous peo­ple. The un­der­ly­ing idea was that they would project their emo­tions onto th­ese other peo­ple, so that their judg­ment of oth­ers would give an in­di­ca­tion of their own mood. The re­sults, which were pub­lished in the jour­nal Food Re­search In­ter­na­tional, re­vealed that lik­ing a prod­uct had no ef­fect on emo­tion. “This in­for­ma­tion could be very valu­able to man­u­fac­tur­ers, giv­ing them a glimpse into how we re­spond to a prod­uct,” ex­plained the study’s main au­thor, Dr Joz­ina Mo­jet.

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