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Word On The Street: Your Personality Influences Your Taste Buds

According to science, our taste preferences reveal a lot about us.

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One day, while surfing around these here internets, I happened upon an article that touched on how our personality reflects our palate (and vice versa). Because I had never really thought about it before, I did some further investigating and—what-do-ya-know? Based on certain kinds of foods that I personally like to eat, the findings about my personality were pretty on point. So, I decided to share what I discovered with y'all to see if you can also relate.

Below are six different kinds of foods. I'm gonna share what each one reflects when it comes to various character traits. Feel free to share your thoughts in the common section. This might be the day when you realize that the ice cream or jalapeño dip that you always crave could go much deeper than the surface, sis.

What Does It Mean If You Like Sweet Foods?

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This one made me smile, simply because the preference is quite literal. If you're someone who has a sweet tooth, while it could mean that you've got a sugar addiction (I'm just sayin'), what it could also mean is you're literally sweet as pie.

What researchers have discovered is individuals who prefer dessert before dinner and/or are always down for a piece of candy or a sugary drink, they are oftentimes considered to be very compassionate, friendly and willing to help others. They also tend to be more agreeable than the average individual which can be a good or bad thing since they seem to be much more vulnerable too.

What Does It Mean If You Like Salty Foods?

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What if you're someone who can't seem to get enough of potato chips, French fries or instant noodles? Believe it or not, you could actually be someone who is pretty self-motivated—and overworked. What research has revealed is a lot of folks who have a preference for salty foods, they are typically known as supertasters—those are folks with larger than average taste buds (one in four fall into this category). As a direct result, they also tend to show a pretty noticeable sensitivity to sour or spicy foods.

What Does It Mean If You Like Bitter/Sour Foods?

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So, what if you like things like freshly made lemonade, tart cherries or a slice of grapefruit for breakfast? This one actually made me chuckle a bit. You ready? According to a study that was published back in 2015 in the journal Appetite: Eating and Drinking, it could mean that you're a low-key psychopath (a mental disorder that sometimes leans towards violent social behavior). How? Well, the research apparently states that folks who prefer the bitter side of foods oftentimes show traits of narcissism and sadism. They're also more likely to be antisocial, although quite creative. Hey, don't shoot the messenger.

What Does It Mean If You Like Spicy Foods?

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Peppers. Garlic. Cayenne powder. Hot sauce. If the thought of any of this just made your mouth water, you probably are a big-time risk-taker. For example, one study said that folks who like to speed while being out on the open roads tend to go for spicy stuff. Also, if you prefer these foods to be as exotic as possible, that could mean that you're someone who likes to try new things and, believe it or not, tends to be more easygoing than most. All of this is according to a study that was presented in 2013 to the Institute of Food Technologists.

What Does It Mean If You Like Raw Foods?

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Is anyone actually surprised by the fact that people who like to eat raw fruits and veggies more than anything else play out to be far more conscientiousness than anyone else? To be conscientiousness is to be someone who is led by their principles; they are always consumed with doing the right thing. While that might make you a bit of a "joy kill" with your friends, those people do tend to come to you for advice and insight since you're usually more empathetic. Plus, you tend to live longer than most, so that's definitely a benefit. Matter of fact, those who hate raw foods are oftentimes more impulsive and way more self-absorbed. Interesting.

What Does It Mean If You’ve Got a Finicky Palate?

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One more. Remember the supertaster thing that I mentioned earlier? Another trait that they have is they experience taste more intensely than everyone else (which I get since they've got more taste buds than the average person does).

As a direct result, some are super sensitive when it comes to what they will or won't eat. And what does that have to do with their personality trait? Well, some researchers say that it also makes them mad emotional. Since you've got such an extreme reaction to foods, you tend to have semi-extreme reactions when it comes to what you like/dislike even when it's not on your plate.

If you're a picky eater, this is definitely something to think about.

Welp. That's about it. Again, I thought it was cool info and I can't wait to hear your thoughts. Sometimes a meal is just a meal. Other times, it's more of a mirror than we ever thought. Choose wisely. #wink

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