Sweets to Make You Sweet

Ever since What Not to Wear went off the air I’ve been missing Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. For ten years the spunky and pragmatic pair made a show about makeovers so much more than what it appeared to be on the surface. While London has stayed on the style route, Kelly has crossed over to the culinary side and I’m happy to report that he’s just as charming on The Chew.

This past Monday I, like a lot of the New England area, had a snow day and I embraced the opportunity to enjoy some daytime television. I sat down to enjoy The Chew and learned that the theme of the show was “Pour Some Sugar on Me;” one of the opening topics was a German study featured in the Journal of Personality of Social Psychology that claims that people who have a sweet tooth may actually be nicer people. Kelly went on to explain, “they are found to be more agreeable and more willing to help others in need.”

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They are not Red Velvet, but Chocolate comes in a close second!

Back in 1961 The Drifters sang “Sweets for My Sweet,” so were they onto something? Like a way to make the objects of their affection more amiable? Kelly’s co-host Carla Hall proclaimed herself the poster child for the study and the rest of the hosts agreed. Co-host and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz piped in to posit “maybe it’s because everyone has a sweet tooth, but the people who are depriving themselves are nasty and cranky?” which certainly seems logical to me.

While I’m not one to crave sweets, receiving some usually puts me in a pretty good mood (especially red velvet cupcakes, in case you were wondering).

What do you think, do sweets make you sweet?

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