So, here’s the scenario: You’re feeling a little blue, then you watch an emotional movie and dig into a bowl of ice cream. Are you aware of how fattening your comfort food is? Likely not. Especially in the moment. A new finds that temporary, strong emotions, like the sadness we experience from a weepy movie, can significantly decrease our ability to taste – or perceive – the amount of fat we’re eating…But, at the same time, participants’ ability to distinguish levels of fat "got much worse," according to researcher Paul Breslin of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University, who co-authored the study. "It was a surprise," Breslin says, that perceptions of fat moved in the opposite direction.
/ / / Feeling A Little Blue May Mask Our Ability To Taste Fat