*“You are what you eat” is especially accurate when it comes to ice cream. “Personality develops along with food preferences—like ice-cream flavors—when we’re quite young,” says Alan Hirsch, M.D., director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Read on to discover what your favorite cool treat reveals about you! *
Strawberry: You’re a logical thinker
Those who love this fruity flavor tend to be thoughtful and analytical, asserts Dr. Hirsch: “You’re a planner and you carefully weigh all your options before making a decision.” In fact, you’re so good at assessing a situation that others tend to seek your input because they know you’ll steer them in the right direction. And while you don’t mind giving advice, you’re also a bit shy, so you’re more comfortable working behind the scenes than you are taking the lead.
Chocolate: You’re a people magnet
You’re irresistible—just like this flavor, which you love for the mood boost it provides, notes Dr. Hirsch. “Chocolate acts on the reward center of the brain, and studies show it increases happiness in those who eat it,” he explains. Your infectious joy draws others in, so you often find that you’re the center of attention. And even though you love being surrounded by your friends, you also crave novelty, which is why you’re always looking for new hobbies or volunteer opportunities.
Vanilla: You’re a risk taker
If this is your favorite, you are anything but plain. “The flavor and scent of vanilla tend to make people feel safe,” says Dr. Hirsch. So the bit of security it provides allows you to indulge your desire to be daring. And once you do, there’s no holding you back. Because you have high expectations for yourself and are ruled by intuition rather than logic, you reach for the sky when you set goals—which you usually achieve.
Mint chip: You’re unstoppable
“Mint affects the trigeminal nerve—the part of the brain that makes us alert,” explains Dr. Hirsch. And with your confident, candid nature, you love being “on.” Because you’re so energetic, people look to you when they need a dynamo who can get things done. Your self-assurance comes through in your ability to take on any challenge, from chairing a committee at your child’s school to learning a new computer program.
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