'Yogurt High' : Science Revealed Why Vanilla Yogurt Makes Us Happy

Nov 13, 2015 09:00 PM EST | By abbie uychiat

Who doesn't love yogurt? Filled with good bacteria to keep the digestive system healthy, the creamy treat is most definitely beneficial to one's health. Not only is it delicious but it's fully loaded with nutrients. What makes it awesome is the fact that it's made from milk, which means that a single serving is filled with animal protein and several other nutrients such as calcium, vitamin b-2, b-12, potassium, and magnesium.

As per Web Md, one thing that makes yogurt top notch is that it is loaded with 'probiotics' (good bacteria that's present in the digestive system). Though much research needs to be done in regards to probiotics, strong evidence have emerged that it has the potential to boost the immune system and it promotes a healthy digestive tract.

Huffington Post then added that a new study was made which was published in last month's edition of Food Research International stated that yogurt can make an individual 'happy'. So basically, it does not only give you a healthy tummy, but it gives you a happy disposition too.

The website stated that scientists suspected that bacteria that are present in fermented food can boost an individual's mood.  One of the factors that usually alters the mood is the taste of food. One of the examples given was the taste of vanilla yogurt, and the way it pleases the palettes which can result to a comforting feel.

As per the lead author of the study, Dr. Jozina Mojet, a scientist at the Food & Biobased Research Institute in the Netherlands "Eating food is often reducing unpleasant feelings of dissatisfaction and is thus often used to improve mood".

The researchers involved in the study were able to find out that the participants that ate the vanilla yogurt projected more positive emotions than the ones that are a different flavor. Not only that they were also able to find out that participants who consume lover fat content had a stronger positive emotional response.

The question on why vanilla yogurt makes people happy was answered in a sense that "maybe participants weren't sure how a neutral-colored yogurt would taste due to their past experiences with varieties of flavors, and then were pleasantly surprised."

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