This Is What Your Favorite Foods Say About Your Personality
Are you an extrovert? A risk taker? A traditionalist? These 17 crave-worthy foods can tell you some surprisingly intimate things about yourself.
If you put hot sauce on your hot sauce
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If your motto is “it’s not a meal if your lips aren’t burning,” then chances are you like to live on the edge, according to a study presented at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. Spicy foods set off pain receptors, which you’d think would be a deterrent to eating them, yet for some people, that’s the allure. (Check out this chart to see exactly how spicy your favorite hot sauce is.) The researchers found that people who love their food spicy hot are also adrenaline junkies, desiring novel and intense stimulation. Burrito bungee jumping anyone?
If you love sour gummi worms so much you even lick the crystals out of the empty bag
Who doesn’t love a good sweet/sour combo? Yet there’s something particularly crave-worthy about those sour fruity candies, especially if you often feel conflicted or frustrated with your life, says Alanna Kessler, RD, a certified dietitian nutritionist in New York City and founder of Be Well. “Sweets in general are often used as comfort foods while people seek out sour foods when they’re on-edge, restless, or anxious,” she explains. If you constantly crave the two flavors together it may indicate that you get overwhelmed easily but you’re also good at bringing balance back to your life.
If you’re always first in line at the newest food truck
When deciding where to eat out, do you suggest the new fusion restaurant? Do you buy random foods at the store even if you don’t know what they are because they look fun? Did you serve a Turducken at Thanksgiving? If you answered a rousing yes, you’re likely a risk taker who also loves things like bungee jumping or the stock market, according to Kessler. A new food is a new adventure waiting to happen, and you’re not going to miss a minute (or taste) of it, she adds. Check out these gourmet food trucks totally worth following.
If you pick the caramel corn out of the cheese-and-caramel popcorn mix
Having a sweet tooth may mean you have a sweet personality to match, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The researchers found that people who crave cake, candy bars, or other similarly sweet foods are more likely to be agreeable, friendly, pleasant, and outgoing. Maybe Oscar the Grouch just needed to spend a little more time with Cookie Monster? If you love sweet and salty together, try one of these eight irresistible sweet-salty snack recipes.
If your go-to happy food is pizza
Pizza tops the list of favorite foods for many people. One reason you can’t resist a slice is because pizza is the most addictive food, according to a study published in PLOS One. (Sound like you? Check out these nine signs you might be addicted to food.) The combination of fats and simple carbs makes the brain light up like a Christmas tree. But if you love that cheesy, crusty goodness, it also shows that you may be an extrovert, Kessler says. Pizza is the ultimate party food—convenient, cheap, feeds a crowd—which makes it the go-to dish for people who love to be surrounded by others, she adds.
If Sunday dinner is always a pot roast with potatoes and carrots
Traditions are the ways we keep in touch with where we came from, and in no area is that more true than with food. But being a traditionalist doesn’t mean you’re boring! “Meat-and-potatoes people prefer an uncomplicated, simple life, and put a lot of importance in family and traditions,” Kessler says. And it doesn’t have to be a pot roast, per se, but rather any food that you grew up eating in a routine way that makes you feel connected to your loved ones, she adds. Make sure you try these 15 warm fuzzy traditions you’ll want to make your own.
If just the thought of banana pudding triggers your gag reflex
Love it or hate it? Thanks to banana pudding’s slimy texture, there aren’t many people who are on the fence about the classic dessert and its cousins—custard, ripe bananas, yogurt, and flan. If you’re one of those people who thinks “boogers,” it doesn’t mean you have an unsophisticated palette, but rather that you’re sensitive to little details, Kessler says. Being the type of person who’s meticulous at paying attention to all those details can have big payoffs in your career and love life, she adds.
If you’ve tried escargot, cricket burgers, seaweed salad, and rattlesnake
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Seeking out and trying exotic or rare foods means that you’re someone who loves a challenge and loves learning new things, Kessler says. And this is true regardless of whether or not you actually enjoyed eating it! “Simply being willing to try out a ‘scary’ food shows innate curiosity and a desire to learn about other cultures and cuisines,” she explains. Crave more knowledge? Try one of these 12 ways to get smarter in your spare time.
If your favorite dessert is an ice cream sundae with a cherry on top
“People who love ice cream often have a child-like innocence or a sense of wonder,” Kessler explains. Because there are so many options for toppings, cones, mix-ins, and variety, it gives you a feeling that anything can happen, which really appeals to those who love the mystery of life, she adds. And the cherry on top? You love to look for little, surprising moments of joy. When you finish your treat, keep the happiness flowing with these 50 tiny changes that will spark joy.
If you use your grill more than your actual stove
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There’s just something so primal about standing outdoors with a hunk of meat roasting over an open flame, and die-hard carnivores love that feeling. “People whose favorite food is meat are often intense and serious,” Kessler says. Hearkening back to when mankind were hunters, they can also be aggressive, which in today’s modern world may translate to being an active go-getter, she adds. Just make sure you’re not making one of these grilling mistakes!