Cupcakes and chocolate may taste even sweeter this Valentine’s Day if you’re in love. A recent study shows that people who wrote about a personal experience of love before eating different types of candies ranked sour and bitter candies as sweeter than those who wrote about an experience where they felt jealousy. Even water tasted sweeter to those who talked about an experience of love before drinking or eating.
The study found that feelings of love do not affect the receptors of the tongue, but that taste buds are linked to the brain and make us more conscious of what we taste. Because of this, the brain can process tastes of foods differently depending on one’s mood, and confirms why people thought that even water tasted sweeter.
On the flip side, feelings of jealousy or depression can not only affect how you taste foods, but also have a direct effect on how much you eat. Various other studies have shown that feeling depressed or stressed can impair the amount of food eaten because of how food tasted. People who were depressed were unable to properly taste fatty foods, leading them to be unsatisfied with what they were eating and resulting in them eating more.
This Valentine’s, make an effort to remember a moment you felt loved. It may not only make your sweet treats taste a little sweeter, but also brighten up your day.
By Alison Pang