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Dark Chocolate Is Officially The Food That Makes You Happiest

Dark Chocolate Is Officially The Food That Makes You Happiest

When it comes to our favourite chocolate, we're firmly divided into three camps: milk, white or dark. However according to a new study, it's the latter we should be reaching for as, along with coffee and grapes, dark chocolate is among the three top foods that make up feel happy.

Alternatively, chowing down on donuts and burgers while downing fizzy drinks is most likely to affect our moods in a negative way.

Dark chocolate is among the top three foods that make us happy (Credit: Pixabay)
Dark chocolate is among the top three foods that make us happy (Credit: Pixabay)

The study, by Kallo, also found that eggs, berries and oranges were among the nation's happiest foods, while cake, white bread and sweets were on the sad list. According to the research, it takes just 16 minutes after eating something for it to have a tangible effect on your mood.

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So what is it about burgers, chips and pizza that make us feel so bad? You can blame high salt and fat content for one. Instead, Hayley Murgett, brand controller at Kallo explained that the key to happiness is opting for fresh foods like fruits, nuts and unprocessed snacks.

The study showed coffee is at the top of the list of food and drink that makes us happiest (Credit: Pixabay)
The study showed coffee is at the top of the list of food and drink that makes us happiest (Credit: Pixabay)

The study also found more than half of adults admitted there are foods which make them feel good while eating them, but bad shortly afterwards, while 34 per cent often rely on different foods to improve their mood. Some 51 per cent of the 2000 people studied also agreed that eating a variety of different coloured foods can impact their overall mood.

Also a fifth think they would have already given up on their New Year's resolutions, while 27 per cent will be struggling with the cold and grey weather that the month brings. As a result, three in 10 admitted they are likely to comfort eat to make themselves feel better, according to the OnePoll figures.

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Fatty unprocessed foods were among the worst offenders (Credit: Pixabay)
Fatty unprocessed foods were among the worst offenders (Credit: Pixabay)

The full list of the top 15 food and drinks that Brits say put them in a good mood include:

1. Coffee

2. Dark chocolate

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3. Grapes

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5. Yoghurt

6. Eggs

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7. Salmon

8. Oranges

9. Apples

10. Melon

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11. Mango

12. Mushrooms

13. Avocados

14. Leafy greens - kale, rocket, spinach etc.

15. Green tea

At least now we have an excuse to eat more dark chocolate!

Topics: Tasty Food, Tasty Drink

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