We all have our secret vices. For some, it's melt-in-your mouth chocolate, for others, it's the salty crunch of a potato chip, and who can say that they haven't stolen a few gummy bears from time to time?
According to dietitians, the comfort foods that we choose to enjoy say a lot about who we are as people, and what is missing in our lives.
First of all, what is a craving? Apparently, it's the result of physical triggers from your environment, like your typical diet, and mental influences, like memories you have of certain foods.
So if you have been eating healthily and are proud of your diet, but your partner mentions something negative about your weight, you may feel inclined to reach for something that has comforted you in the past since there's "no point" to eat right.
There are also draws to particular foods that explain certain aspects of your life and habits to people, just by what you reach for when no one is looking!
It's no surprise that humans develop emotional connections to food, so let's take a look and see what your cravings say about you!
When you eat a handful of gummy worms, you set off a response in the reward center of your brain releasing dopamine, the feel-good hormone.
People who prefer candy can't get enough of that fast and powerful sugar-high, and are likely the sort of person to have many friends, post on social media often, and look for other immediate reward activities. They're the upbeat friend that is always fun to be around, but not always there in the hard times.
You may be surprised to hear that salt is actually really good for your brain! It is an electrolyte, and it helps your brain process information faster, and even acts as an acute antidepressant.
Snackers that are worth their salt enjoy this flavor profile tend to be introverted and can often be found binging out with a bag of popcorn and a movie at home. They'll be social when they have to and have long, genuine conversations, but often with a bowl of chips nearby for support!
We all know that chocolate is the food of the gods, but why has it been such a big part of our lives?
Chocolate has certain types of fats in it that release chemicals in the brain that actually mimic the feeling heroin addicts get, and produces a kind of euphoria. If you love to chow down on this treat, you are probably very organized in your day-to-day, only giving in to your cravings when you have time to do so.