Macaroni cheese

Boost Your Mood With Yellow Food, Says New Study

Bring on the macaroni cheese!

By Alexia Dellner, 18 October 2016
Boost Your Mood With Yellow Food, Says New Study

Feeling down? The cure to those blues could be eating yellow food, according to a recent study.

In the study, over 70 percent of participants linked sunny-coloured foods to feeling cheerful

According to researchers, eating bright yellow foods cheers people up more than any other colour. Which is good news for carb-lovers!

In the study, which measured the response time of 1,000 people when answering questions about food colours and happiness, over 70 percent of participants linked sunny-coloured foods to feeling cheerful. 

The most popular 'happy' foods? Omelettes took the top spot, followed by the ultimate comfort food, macaroni cheese. Bananas, pancakes and poached eggs were also ranked in the top five. Just another reason to tuck into a plate of fluffy, peanut butter pancakes this weekend - find the recipe here.

Psychologists suggest that relationships with colours start from a young age, with positive reactions from yellow linked with the warmth of sunshine or the brightness of childrens toys. Yellow is also said to stimulate the left or logic side of the brain, which encourages us to perceive it as a warm and fun shade apparently.

Neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis said he was surprised by the overwhelming response to the colour. 'There is lots of research to show how colour can affect our emotions, but we were surprised to discover that so many yellow food groups evoked such strong positive feelings as well as stimulating taste buds,' he explained.

'The research revealed that 30 percent more people associate yellow with happiness than the other colours tested and 62 percent of us want to see more yellow in our fridge.'

The study was conducted by The Happy Egg Company and found that red foods are our second favourite and brown is our third. Meanwhile the colour blue is (perhaps not surprisingly) the least favourite and associated with sadness. Guess we’ll skip the blueberry pie for dessert then!