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Eating a Good Meal Can Turn You On

A satisfied stomach may make you feel more romantic than a hungry one.

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Your appetite might not be the only thing that’s satisfied after eating a good meal.

A study published in the journal Appetite suggests we’re more likely to respond positively to romantic cues on a full stomach than a rumbling one. Researchers looked at the brain activation responses among women who were previous dieters and those who had never dieted, asking them to look at romantic and neutral photos both when they were hungry and after they had a 500-calorie meal.

Both the previous dieters and non-dieters’ brains lit up more in response to the romantic photos after they were fed, but the past dieters showed even greater responses to romantic cues after they ate. Researchers speculate this supports a shared neural circuit between food and sex. (That one seems obvious to us!)

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