Eating ice cream really does make you happy, doesn't it? Scientists have found that a spoonful of the cold stuff, affects the centre of the brain, the same way as listening to your favourite music does. But here we are talking about how scoops of ice-creams affect your mood-swings.
Do you gobble a tub of ice-cream when you're feeling low? Have you ever wondered why?
There's a reason why fatty foods like ice-creams are called comfort foods; as they tend to soothe the savage within us. A team of researchers at the University of Leuven, Belgium, published images of activity in the brain during times of sadness. They reported that the brain's responses to sadness were significantly reduced when the fatty solution of ice cream was infused into the stomach. It is also reported that less hunger and a mood upliftment took place when the solution of ice cream was taken in. In a pharmacological sense, the fatty solution produced by ice-creams reduced the intensity of sad emotions by almost half, which is about as much as any prescribed antidepressant.
From heartache to hangovers, ice-creams are proven to be the emotional aid, that many people resort to. But why is it so hard to stop after a few scoops of ice cream? It is because when people are in a state of emotion high, they are unable to perceive the amount of fat in food, and so, gobbling down a whole tub of ice-cream doesn't seem to be a big deal then.
The researchers believe that if people are given the fatty acid solution (ice cream) ahead of time, their subsequent responses to sadness can be lowered. This study has clear implications for a wide range of disorders including obesity, eating disorders, and depression. This new study helps us comprehend why some fatty comfort food like ice-creams have a powerful effect on our minds, while we are low and/or depressed.