It’s official – eating our favourites foods makes us happier than having sex.
Three-quarters of Brits would prefer to chomp on a chocolate bar or scoff a pizza than get down between the sheets, a new study has revealed.
More than half of those polled claim eating their favourite food lifts their spirits more than their favourite TV shows, while 55% it makes them happier than exercise.
Among the top 25 foods revealed to make us happier are juicy steaks, crisp salads, spicy curries and cheese, according to the study of 2,000 Brits by Giraffe World Kitchen.
Expert Psychologist, Dr Becky Spelman who studied the research findings, said: “When we taste, see, or even think about the food we love, our natural serotonin levels rise, giving us a sense of overall happiness and well-being.
“From childhood, we learn to associate food and certain treats, with a range of occasions typically celebrated with food.
“This stays with us all the way into our adult life and in almost every culture, food is a way of showing love and affection.”
According to the study, other foods most likely to make us truly happy emerged as plates of pasta (28 percent), buttery mashed potato (26 percent), juicy burgers (42 percent) and cheesy nachos (22 percent).
OUR TOP TWENTY-Four HAPPY FOODS REVEALED
- Chocolate – 48 percent
- Hot pizza – 47 percent
- Fish and chips – 43 percent
- A juicy steak – 43 percent
- A burger – 42 percent
- A spicy curry – 37 percent
- Ice cream – 33 percent
- Chocolate brownie – 29 percent
- Cheese and biscuits – 29 percent
- A plate of pasta – 28 percent
- Buttery mashed potato – 25 percent
- A baked potato – 24 percent
- Fish fingers and chips – 22 percent
- Smoked salmon and scrambled egg – 22 percent
- Cheesy Nachos – 22 percent
- A crisp salad – 20 percent
- Pancake drizzled with syrup – 20 percent
- Tapas – 20 percent
- Eggs and bacon – 19 percent
- Beans on toast – 19 percent
- French bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar – 18 percent
- A spicy burrito – 16 percent
- Risotto – 16 percent
- Hummus and pitta – 15 percent