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Love Dark Chocolate and Coffee? You Could Be a Psychopath, a Study Says

A new study published in Appetite Journal shows that people with taste preferences for bitter food have antisocial tendencies

If you can’t get enough of drinking hoppy beer, strong coffee, and indulging in high-cacao percentage dark chocolate, you may want to listen up.

According to a new study from researchers at the University of Innsbruck published in the Appetite international food research journal, people with a taste preference for bitter foods tend to show antisocial personality traits pointing toward malevolence and psychopathy.

In the study, 500 participants ranked their taste preferences for salty, sweet, sour, and bitter foods. They then were asked to take a series of personality quizzes. It was discovered that those who rated bitter foods highest were more likely to show traits of psychopathy, sadism, and aggression. A second study that surveyed another group of similar size unearthed a fourth trait connected to a love of hoppy beer and dark roasted coffee: narcissism.

“Taken together, the results suggest that how much people like bitter-tasting foods and drinks is tied to how dark their personality is,” the study authors wrote.

The researchers also pointed out that what makes a person like a specific food is a “complex knot” of biology and sensitivity to taste and odor. Even though the study points to a correlation between bitter foods and dark personalities, the study was still fairly inconclusive, and more research is needed. 

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