Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Do your food preferences show your personality?

According to a story in the journal Appetite, drinking bitter black coffee and grabbing an astringent gin and tonic can be a sign of dark personality traits, such as sadism and narcissism.

The thinking is that smell and taste are processed in the brain's limbic system, which governs emotions, motivation, memory and instinctive behaviors.

A couple of Austrian researchers investigated the taste preferences of 1,000 people with an average age of 35.

First, 500 men and women were asked to rate sweet,, salty and sour foods (cake, bacon, vinegar, radishes). Then they filled in questionnaires about their levels of agression.

In a second experiment, they were asked to agree or disagree with the traits of Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism. The statements evaluated were such things as "I tend to manipulate others to get my way" and "I tend to want others to pay attention to me." They were also asked about sweet and bitter foods.

They found a link between the darker personality traits and bitter foods.'

A similar 2013 study showed a correlation between adventure seeking and spicy foods.

What do you think? Claptrap? While you think about that, I am making a radish sandwich with arugula--but don't be afraid.

Or too afraid.

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