Here's what your favorite snack says about you

Published November 26, 2021, 2:35 PM

by John Legaspi

“You are what you eat.” We’ve been saying that mantra for years and we’ve understood its meaning. That what you put in the body, what you consume, good and bad, has a direct change in our system. Eating greens and other kinds of vegetables can boost one’s immunity and overall wellbeing. While things like junk food and alcohol can give small damages to your body, and if taken out of proportion can cause great health risks.

Food for thoughts? (Art by Ariana Maralit)

But did you know that food can also identify one’s personality traits? We know there are multiple tests to do it, and we’ve looked up above to the stars to tell us what kind of person we are, but food as personality? Well, psychiatrist and neurologist Alan Hirsch tried to answer the question of who we are through the snacks we prefer. According to his study in 2000, there is a link between food preferences and personality because smell and taste are processed in the limbic system—the part of the brain that controls emotions. To find out more about the link between the two, Hirsch studied the snacks preferred by particular personality types.

Scroll down to look for your favorite snack and find out what it says about you!

Potato chips

Hirsch’s study found that potato chip-poppers are typically ambitious and competitive. They are high achievers who enjoy success. If you love potato chips, you might also feel frustrated when dealing with slight inconveniences. So, it’s best to remember to be patient and keep calm.


The study found that most pretzel snackers are lively and energetic. They love dressing up, which increases their confidence levels. They are also most likely seen having fun in a group. If you love pretzels, you may also tend to overcommit, which can lead to friction in your personal and work relationships. So, always think twice before agreeing to something.

Tortilla chips

Tortilla chip snackers are perfectionists. The study found that they are humanitarians—always striving to be the best, not only for themselves but also for others. They are also great planners and are often highly self-disciplined. If you prefer tortilla chips, you might have been one of those students who argued with teachers for an A+ instead of just the A.

Meat snacks

Those who opt for savory, meat-based snacks are more likely to be loyal to friends or their favorite sports teams. If this is you, you may also tend to be over-trusting. This predisposes you to emotional turmoil when someone disappoints or betrays you.


Biscuit snackers were found to be contemplative and thoughtful. They value their alone time and are most creative when given the time and space to think. Their biggest struggle is that all of their projects compete for their time and attention. If you love snacking on biscuits, you might want to plan your break times so that you can give your 100 percent to your work or studies.


In another study, researchers tried to break the myth that sweet tooths have a “sweet” disposition. Their findings say that candy, caramel, and chocolate cake lovers are “friendly, caring, and compassionate.” Whether warm and nice or not, chocolate lovers are definitely guilty for once in their lives about dipping your fingers in a jar of chocolate spread. Who could resist that instant decadent experience, right? Well, those dirty finger days are over with Nutella’s new bar treat. Dubbed Nutella B-ready, this on-the-go snack packs the creamy, hazelnut-y, and chocolatey goodness of the beloved spread in puffed wheat crispies shaped like a mini-baguette. Good news for us, we don’t need to go abroad just to find this goodie as it is now available in supermarkets and grocery stores in the Philippines.

So, does your personality match your favorite snack?