It seems specific to this particular recipe of Chilli Con Carne.

I experience a mood boost after eating. Sometimes I have the dish in combination with grated extra mature cheddar.

My question is addressed at those who have some scientific awareness with the connection between food and mood, as well as seasoned chefs and food technologists.

My guess is it is one or more a combination of:

  • green pepper
  • red kidney beans
  • black pepper

I don't believe I get the same effect with other versions/recipies of the dish.

No affiliation, incentive or referral benefit to me for the particular manufacturer.

I would like to recreate this effect with my own home made version of the dish.

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    The most powerful effect food has on mood, is that eating food one enjoys is pleasurable and energizing. I suspect that’s what’s going on with you. Being that, questions about the physiological effects of food are not in scope for this site… maybe try Biology?
    – Sneftel
    Commented Jul 7 at 17:45
  • Note that even food/nutritional/medical/biological experts are unlikely to be able to answer this for you - people's responses to food are highly personal, and often associated with things like memory, not just biology.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jul 7 at 19:07
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    Some people get a natural high from capsaicin (and some take it to the extreme and eat crazy hot peppers), but it’s often just a case of it reminding you of some past meal (the first time you had it, or maybe it reminds you of your grandmother’s cooking or similar, and the others don’t). The general concept is called ‘comfort foods’. But it could also be that you’re lacking some nutrient that this provides
    – Joe
    Commented Jul 7 at 20:16


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