If you are looking for a loan, serving your bank manager breakfast might just do the trick.
A compound found in eggs makes people much more generous, new research suggests.
Scientists say that tryptophan, an amino acid found in some foods, can change our behaviour.
In experiments they found that consuming a small portion of tryptophan – the equivalent of that found in three eggs – doubled the sum volunteers gave to charity. Eggs and other foods such as fish and milk are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted in the body into the feel-good chemical serotonin. The substance is also marketed as a food supplement called TRP.
Psychologists from Leiden University in the Netherlands, writing in the Frontiers in Psychology journal, said: ‘For the first time, we investigated whether the administration of a compound contained in food such as fish, eggs, soy, and milk can promote charitable donating.
Our study is the first demonstration that charitable donating can be enhanced by serotonin-related food supplements.’ The authors carried out an experiment on 32 men and women, in which half were given a powder containing 0.8 grams of TRP, and the others were given a harmless placebo powder. Each participant was given £7.50 ($11.25) for taking part in the research and asked whether they were willing to donate part of their financial reward to charity.
Four boxes for Unicef, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and World Wildlife Fund were left on a table.
When the psychologists counted the takings, they found that those given the TRP powder donated an average of 75p ($1.15), while those who received the placebo donated half as much. Just how a food supplement could have such an effect is not clear, but the scientists suggest the involvement of oxytocin, the so-called ‘cuddle’ hormone produced by women during breastfeeding and lovemaking… see more
source: dailymail UK