If you love sweets (hmm, cookies, cakes), you might just be a sweet person! According to a series of studies published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who prefer sweet foods to other foods (say sour, bitter, salty) are nicer, more agreeable and more likely to help others.
Makes total sense. What, you ask for proof? Well, what about… moi
Just kidding. But I do think the theory makes sense. Think about it, are you more likely to be happy after (a) a good meal or (b) a bad meal?
I would guess the former. The paper’s lead author, Brian Meier, explains that taste affect our mood; sweet foods give us a sense of “happy or rewarding feeling” (hint: positive mood). Therefore, because you feel happy after eating sweet foods, you are more likely to think positively of other people, as well as more likely to help them out.
What do you guys think?
Reference: Meier, B. P., Moeller, S. K., Riemer-Peltz, M., & Robinson, M. D. (2011). Sweet taste preferences and experiences predict prosocial inferences, personalities, and behaviors. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, DOI: 10.1037/a0025253