By Zoë Ruderman
Scientists at North Dakota State University, Fargo, Gettysburg College and Saint Xavier University conducted five studies examining the correlation between subjects' food cravings and their personality traits. They learned that the participants who ate sweet chocolate were more likely to "volunteer to help another person in need" than the subjects who chose to eat crackers or no food at all-and were less inclined to help out.
The sweet eaters were also found to be more agreeable than people who don't crave sugary foods. "The authors demonstrated people can predict how helpful or nice someone is, based on the extent to which whether he or she prefers eating sweet foods," according to a release on the study posted on ScienceDaily.com. But as for people who crave other taste types (like salty or tangy), they're "not predictive of the pro-social trait of agreeableness."
So, someone who craves sweets is more agreeable, friendly, and helpful, but can you get into a more agreeable, friendly, helpful mood by eating sweets? Unfortunately, the researchers refused to give us an excuse to house a cupcake. Although there seems to be a correlation between the two, it's not a cause-and-effect type of relationship. One of the authors, Brian Meier, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Gettysburg College, told ScienceDaily.com, "Our taste studies controlled for positive mood so the effects we found are not due to the happy or rewarding feeling one may have after eating a sweet food."
Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you believe that people who crave sugary snacks are often sweeter and friendlier?
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