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Randomized Controlled Trial
. 2017 Jan 1;108:21-27.
doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.09.018. Epub 2016 Sep 15.

The Sweet Life: The Effect of Mindful Chocolate Consumption on Mood

Randomized Controlled Trial

The Sweet Life: The Effect of Mindful Chocolate Consumption on Mood

Brian P Meier et al. Appetite. .


Chocolate consumption is anecdotally associated with an increase in happiness, but little experimental work has examined this effect. We combined a food type manipulation (chocolate vs. crackers) with a mindfulness manipulation (mindful consumption vs. non-mindful consumption) and examined the impact on positive mood. Participants (N = 258) were randomly assigned to eat a small portion (75 calories) of chocolate or a control food (crackers) in a mindful or non-mindful way. Participants who were instructed to mindfully eat chocolate had a greater increase in positive mood compared to participants who were instructed to eat chocolate non-mindfully or crackers either mindfully or non-mindfully. Additional analyses revealed that self-reported liking of the food partially mediated this effect. Chocolate appears to increase positive mood, but particularly when it is eaten mindfully.

Keywords: Candy; Chocolate; Mindfulness; Mood; Positive affect.

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