What foods make you happy?

Study shows that Dark Chocolate, Coffee and Leafy Greens make us Brits happy

I think it's fairly safe to say that a lot of us could do with a little pick-me-up at the moment, and that means that many of us will be heading to the kitchen. But which foods are the best mood-boosters according to the British public? Well, one study has asked that exact question, and some of the results are a little unusual to say the least.

A total of 34% of people surveyed by Kallo said that they 'often' rely on foods to boost their mood, though there is plenty of variety among the 2000 adults surveyed when it comes to their food of choice.

Unsurprisingly, coffee sits atop the table as the most popular drink for a quick pick-me-up, with the potent, caffeine-packed beverage the mood-booster of choice for many. Dark Chocolate comes in second place, another fairly well-recognised comfort food, but things then get a little strange.

Grapes, for example, are third in the table. I guess it makes sense - that satisfying 'pop' from a crisp, fresh grape is fantastic - but that's far from the strangest result in the top 15. Eggs, berries and Oranges all rank highly, as do Leafy Greens, including Spinach of all things!

According to the study, it takes around 16 minutes from eating your food of choice for it to have a noticeable impact on your mood. It's not all good news, however, as the study also discovered which foods have the biggest negative impact on your mood.

Lovers of fizzy drinks, burgers and doughnuts, you may want to look away now. Research shows that these foods in particular can cause your mood to plummet, along with cake, white bread and sweets.

Hayley Murgett, brand controller at Kallo, had the following to say: "Unsurprisingly, foods that were high in salt or fat like burgers, pizza and chips came out highly on the list of foods adults think make them feel worse. Whereas fresher foods like fruits, nuts or simple unprocessed snacks with simple ingredients were likely to leave participants feeling better for eating them."

It's not a one-size-fits-all situation, however. An impressive 51% of participants said they believed that eating a mixture of foods - including a variety of colours - was one of the best ways to impact their frame of mind in a positive manner.

And, before you ask, no that does not mean reach for the Skittles, or the M&Ms, or the Smarties - sorry!

Here are the top food and drinks that Brits say put them in a good mood:


Dark chocolate












Leafy greens – kale, rocket, spinach etc.

Green tea

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Comments (6)

  • the dinner I make everyday

      1 month ago
  • Steak always makes me feel better, gives me energy

      1 month ago
  • Mango and Meat and sweets and I dont know, nearly all things ; )

      1 month ago
  • Space age food makes me happy .

      1 month ago
  • Bananas!!

      1 month ago