Drawing Comfort Food Can Improve Your Mood

Everyone knows that high-fat, high-calorie food can make you feel good. It's called "comfort food" for a reason, after all. For a 2013 study in the Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science, researchers decided to find out whether you can get the same mood boost associated with eating comfort food by simply drawing it. They recruited 61 participants and measured their sugar and fat consumption, along with their BMI, then gave them red, green, and black pencils and randomly assigned them to groups. One group was instructed to draw a classic comfort food: pizza. The second group drew cupcakes, the third strawberries, and the fourth peppers. The participants, who were all on empty stomachs, rated their hunger, mood, and excitement levels before and after the exercise. In the pepper group, mood improved by just 1%. Strawberries boosted spirits by a solid 22%. Cupcakes and pizza, of course, won out with 27% and 28%, respectively. This was true regardless of the subjects' BMI or sugar and fat intake, showing that comfort food is comforting no matter who you are. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

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Written by Curiosity Staff July 12, 2016

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