March 14, 2014

The Bummed-Out Seek Treat Food

1 Good Moods Lead to Healthier Food Choices

The better your mood, the healthier your food choices. That's the conclusion drawn by Dr. Brian Wansink and other Cornell University researchers who asked volunteers to read or write about things that made them sad or made them happy. They were then asked to look at photos of healthy and unhealthy foods and state their preferences, or to choose between raisins and M&Ms to snack on. Those in the upbeat mood group were more favorable to the healthy food depictions, and were 77 percent more likely to choose the raisins, than the bummed-out mood group. Researchers suggest that those in bad moods are drawn to junky treat food to make themselves feel better. “Before a snack or a meal,” says Wansink, "think of something that makes you happy or grateful, and you'll eat less and better."

More at Sfchronicle.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Stress at Work Can Lead to Emotional Eating

Tags: Healthy Food Choices, Moods and Eating, Emotions and Diet, Dr. Brian Wansink, Moods Effect Food Choices

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