A new study indicates that people consume foods with high fat content when they are feeling mildly depressed.
Researchers from the University of Wurzburg, Germany found that the ability to detect bitter, sweet and sour flavors increase when people are particularly happy or sad.
For the study, the researchers asked volunteers to taste a range of creamy drinks having differing fat levels. The volunteers then viewed three videos; one happy, one sad and a dull one.
Watching the dull video did not affect taste buds, but watching emotional videos decreased the ability of tasting fat. Dr Paul Breslin, study co-author, said the findings were surprising in that the ability to judge the fat levels was impaired.